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CHILDERSBURG -- It’s a busy time as families get into their summertime routines. But, there’s some other “action” you’re bound to run into across south Talladega County.

It’s tournament time for youth baseball and softball. And both Sylacauga and Childersburg are bringing in teams by the dozens as host communities for both Cal Ripken district and state tournaments.

And that means hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors in town to support their hometown teams. All these teams, their players, coaches and fans represent a big boost to the local economy. Please welcome these visitors warmly and help make them feel welcome.

That action starts this week for more than a dozen visiting teams with district tournament games on the schedule in both cities each evening through the weekend. Childersburg is hosting the 12 & Under age group, and Sylacauga is hosting 8 & Under teams.

Also this week, Sylacauga hosts the 12-year-old State Little League Tournament, with the eventual winner moving on to Southeast Region play in Warner Robins, Georgia.

Starting June 28, both cities again play host, this time for Cal Ripken state tournaments; a total of more than 40 visiting teams are expected between the two cities.

Childersburg is back in play for the girls softball Alabama Recreation & Parks Association State Tournament, starting July 13 with more than 30 teams involved.

-- Tom Roberts is president and CEO of the Greater Coosa Valley Chamber of Commerce.