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HORSESHOE PITCHING ---- HOW TO PLAY THE GAME      11

     In 1926 the state tournament was held in the city of Woodland. H. A. Long, of Oakvivile, secured an appropriation of $350 from the Cowlitz County Fair Board, and this tournament was a four-day attraction at this fair in September. Mr. Sayre successfully defended his title won the year before by winning all his games. The first prize was $50, and a beautiful cup given by the merchants of Woodland Mr. Sayre's ringer percentage in this tournament was .586.
     For the State Championship tournament in 1927 the State Fair Board appropriated $400 for the meet to be held in Yakima during the fair. Sayre again defended his title and won the championship. During this tournament the Washington State Horseshoe Pitchers Association was organized with the following officers: President, H. A. Long, Oakville; Vice President, J. F. Schreimer, R. 7, Yakima, and Chas. Anderson, 212 Spring St., Seattle, Secretary and Treasurer.
     The membership fee in the State Association is $1.00 per year, and the entrance fee for the state tournament is $2.00.
     Seattle held the state tournament in 1928 Secretary Anderson having secured an appropriation of $400 for prize money from the Pot-Latch Committee to hold the meet in connection with the Merchants and Marine Exposition at the University of Washington. The tournament was played on the University courts August 6 to 10. The State Championship was won by Henry Tessandore, 6318 18th Ave., S., Seattle, Wash. The former state champion, Mr. Sayre, was unable to compete. Mr. Tessandore won 21 of his 23 games with a total ringer percentage of .513.
     Total ringer percentage of the 24 men was .430. The election of officers of the State Association for 1929 was held at this meet, resulting as follows:
     President, H. A. Long, Oakville; Vice President, V. Reynolds, 1232 N. 44th St., Seattle; Secretary and Treasurer, H. Kinney, 2117 S I St., Tacoma.
     The program for 1929 calls for two State Championship Tournaments. The winter meet is to be held on the Seattle indoor courts the first week in February. Previously the plan of holding tournaments has always been tto have each entrant unopposed pitch 200 shoes for points. The 24 men making the most points then plan one round robin for championship, but the winter tournament will be played in groups of eight, of all that enter. The two high men of each group will then plan a round robin for championship .
     Mr. Tessandore, the present champion, is temporarily out of the game, but Mr. Sayre, of Tacoma, and Kelly Laraway, 1048 Broadway, Princeton, in some exhibition games, have been averaging over 60 per cent, and will be strong-contenders for the championship.
     One of the great events is the annual picnic in June when an unofficial qualifying tournament is held, at which the 24 highest men are selected to play at different clubs who desire them. The 1929 picnic will be held at Woodland Park, Seattle.
     The State Association is planning to send six men team to the different county fairs to give exhibition games to create an interest and show the high class entertainment the horseshoe pitching game is able to give. Some of these plans will certainly give other State Associations something to think about in their own states.

WISCONSIN
     This state can trace back its first interest in horseshoe pitching to the time of the horse power driven threshing machines, when during the noon hour or a lull in the threshing, or a break down, the farmers would start a game, using the cast-off horseshoes always found lying around the farm buildings. A great many good pitchers and local champions were developed in this way.
     These farmer boys drifted into the cities and introduced the game to their city friends. Horseshoe pitching clubs were organized in different places. In 1920 the first state tournament was held at the Tri-State Fair, August 30-31, Sept. 1 2, 3 Several prizes were offered by the Diamond Calk Horseshoe Co. of Duluth, Minn., and other concerns. At this meet a State Horseshoe Pitchers Association was organized. The writer has no records of any other state tournaments being held until 1924 at the State Fair when Seymour Johnson, R. D. 6, Madison, won the state championship. Since that time all state tournaments have been held on the State Fair grounds during the State Fair. The 1925 tournament was won by Floyd Billings, Waukesha. In 1926 another champion, Harvey Elmerson, 6031 24th Ave., Kenosha, was crowned and successfully defended his title in the 1927 and 1928 state tournaments. No one has been able to win a single game from him in these three tournaments.
     One of the features worthy of being adopted in other states is that $50 of the $100 given the champion in these tournaments is not paid to him unless he