TROY — Amid animal shows and rides, some of the action of the second day of the Miami County Fair took place at the horseshoe tournament put on by the Troy Horseshoe Club.
The club has had its roots in the Miami County Fairgrounds since it formed in 1978. At the time, the court was a third of the size it is now and has since grown as the home for a competition sport and a hobby for those with a passion for throwing horseshoes.
“We have two tournaments: one in June, and this one, during the fair,” Tom Kirk said.
Kirk has been a member of the Troy Horseshoe Club since 1983 and has been president of the club for roughly a decade.
A strong sense of community and a healthy dose of competition is what has drawn in many members of the club, such as Douglas Singer. Hailing from Dayton, Singer has been a member of the club for three years. He pitches leagues as part of the Troy Horseshoe Club and competes all year round in tournaments outside of the club.
“The competition gives you an edge and encouragement,” Singer said, citing the encouragement as a reason why he competes in horseshoe throwing.
The horseshoe tournament put on at the fair this weekend was not limited to members. Many players from out of town and out of state traveled to join in on the fun.
“I’ve been coming over here for 20 years now. I’ve always liked coming over to these courts,” Roger Yocom of the West Liberty Horseshoe Club said.
Yocom has been a member of the West Liberty club for 40 years. His favorite part about throwing horseshoes is meeting different people while competing.
Traveling from Richmond, Ind., to join in on the tournament is Larry Fouche, a seasoned horseshoe thrower. Fouche comes to the Troy tournament every year to compete and is a member of the Darke County Horseshoe Club. He competed in the World Horseshoe Tournament in Montgomery, Ala., earlier this year and came in second place in his class.
“It’s just an enjoyable game,” Fouche said. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
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