PITTSBURG — Millions. Few events can bring the kind of financial impact.

However, the Shrine Bowl does just that for its host communities. According to information provided by the Shrine Bowl, the game and it’s events bring in an estimated $1.7 to $2.5 million.

This year Pittsburg has the honor of hosting the game, which benefits Shriners Hospitals, and according to Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Devin Gorman the event is already doing its share to stimulate the local economy.

“Our local hotels are full this weekend, the city is very busy, and we have lots of events going on around the game,” Gorman said. “The parade Saturday morning will be a good opportunity for local residents to be involved and show their support.”

According to Gorman the town will play host to over 500 game participants, as well as their friends, families, and supporters and Shriners from across the State of Kansas.

“To give you an idea of the impact, we have over 1,200 Shiners for just the banquet,” Gorman said.

While the game takes place Saturday, the cheerleaders and band arrive early in the week, thus increasing the time they and their families have to enjoy the area, which increases the profits of local restaurants and stores.

Gorman said that although many of the events revolve around the game the parade on 10 a.m. Saturday is also a great opportunity for locals to visit downtown. He said he is proud to have Pittsburg host the event.

“It is really special to host this many people in town,” Gorman said. “Not just to have a successful event, but to showcase the fantastic facilities we have at the college.

We are honored to be chosen to show them our hospitality. Especially considering what a wonderful cause Shriners Hospital is.”