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Can-Am Games economic impact: $1M

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The Can-Am Games are an international event for emergency, protective and all first responders.
The Can-Am Games are an international event for emergency, protective and all first responders. - (Photo / )

The Can-Am Games being held this week in York are expected to generate about $1 million in economic impact for York County.

The games, which started Sunday and continue through Sunday, has 615 registered participants, said York County Convention and Visitors Bureau spokesman Brent Burkey.

The international event for emergency, protective and all first responders will have 50 events, including an EMS Skills Competition. Can-Am weightlifting events are at the York Barbell Co. and USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame. A triathlon, which started Sunday morning before the opening ceremonies, was done in part in the Susquehanna River.

Top states or Canadian provinces with participants included Pennsylvania, Ontario, Maryland, New York and Virginia, according to the CVB. At the same time, competitors from Australia, India and Ukraine had completed registration in addition to participants from the United States and Canada.

The games fit into the overall strategy of attracting large, multi-day sporting events that draw participants from across the country, Burkey said. So far this year, the CVB has announced a contract to host the Keystone Games for three years, as well as USA Wrestling’s Cadet National Dual Meet Championships for three years.

Will there be any more games coming to the county soon?

“Time will tell,” Burkey said.

Joseph Deinlein

Joseph Deinlein

Joseph Deinlein covers York County, energy and environment, agribusiness and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at joed@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JDeinleinCPBJ. Circle Joseph Deinlein on .

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