When the results returned, 102 of 124 were in favor of Clinton-Camanche. Garvey said she felt a chilling relief wash over her that had built over a lifetime. She described an ecstatic outburst during the meeting — for the Gateway area was again triumphant.
“We stood up and yelled and waved our arms,” Garvey said. “I had tears in my eyes.”
Gateway on deadline
In 22 months, thousands of women bowlers (and families) will stay in local hotels, shop at local stores, buy local goods, eat local foods and visit local destinations. No firm timetable is set for the 2016 women’s adult state tournament; organizers envision the event will take place over a 12 to 14 week period starting in February and ending in April.
“There will be a huge economic impact,” Green said.
This is a time, Donaire said, for Clinton and Camanche to not just knock down the pins, but bowl a strike.
“If there’s a time for us to put our best foot forward, it’s for this tournament,” she said. “For a lot of people, it’s their first impression of our community, our businesses. It will be the opportunity to make a first impression to a lot of people.”
Sondgeroth compared the event to RAGBRAI — where thousands of cyclists stop at host cities across the state of Iowa each summer.
The Chamber, CVB and local bowling associations have already started initial planning processes. Sondgeroth said he’s hoping the two cities can take ownership of what he feels is a great chance for a showcase.
“It’s not just the Chamber and the CVB coordinating this,” he said. “It’s the community saying, ‘we’re glad you’re here. Have a good time.’”
The local bowling associations are in the process of organizing an event committee to arrange each stage of the event. These are still uncharted waters for them, but Green believes the 2016 tournament will undoubtedly succeed.