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American Legion World Series pumps economic boost into Cleveland County

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SHELBY, N.C. -- The American Legion World Series brought thousands of people in to Cleveland County this weekend and quite a few rainstorms along with it.

Last year, officials said the American Legion World Series brought 86,000 people to Shelby, an economic boost Cleveland County could easily get accustomed to.

"The economic impact measured approximately $7 million last year for a 10-day period," said Eddie Holbrook.

But with several downpours Saturday night and Sunday, officials worry it might hurt success. They said they play ball for an hour then stop to cover the fields, which for the Alston Bridges BBQ stand, hasn't been so bad.

Jay Bridges said in all the down time they've been busy, both in the Shelby restaurant and the booth.

"I've talked to people who come in to the restaurant and then they want to know where other places to go are and we direct them because we want everybody to get a feel of the whole town," said Bridges.

The crowds are finding ways to pass the time. Even the players have provided entertainment by dancing on the field. But rain or shine, officials said they're forging ahead.

"The National Committee basically wants it all done by Tuesday night. It could impact Monday's schedule playing three games and playing three games on Tuesday, but ultimately I think it will still wind down on Tuesday night," said Holbrook.

Holbrook said they are starting early and also playing some seven-inning games to make it happen. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP