Fargo hosting NAFA World Series for second consecutive year

Written by Bob on August 11th, 2018

Andrew Potter and Justin Feist helped organize the North American Fastpitch Association World Series tournament to be held at the Northside softball complex.
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By John Miller / The Forum on Aug 8, 2018 at 5:58 p.m.

FARGO, N.D. —More than 100 teams representing 15 states and Canada will be competing in the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series the next couple weekends at the North Softball Complex.

Weekend 1 of the event is Aug. 8-12 and the second weekend is Aug. 16-19. It is hosted by the Fargo Men’s Fastpitch Association. Local teams competing include Bombers Fastpitch, Fargo Knights Fastpitch and Fargo Koalas Fastpitch.

This is the second consecutive year that Fargo was chosen to host the NAFA World Series.

“I think that all the special things that Fargo brought to the NAFA World Series and the experience players had there,” said Andrew Potter of the Fargo Fastpitch Association on why the event is returning to Fargo. “All the players and NAFA World Series officials enjoyed it.”

The North Softball Complex was a big hit last year amongst those who attended the event.

“The facility is by far a gem in our community,” Stephonie Broughton, the sports and events manager at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau said. “People were raving about it last year.”

The process to nominate Fargo to host the 2018 World Series began before last year’s event even finished.

“During the (2017) event, we talked with organizers about going back-to-back and prepared an official bid to get them back and they voted in September to come back,” Broughton said.

The complex has five regulation fastpitch softball fields. It had two scoreboards and high-quality temporary fences installed, whereas some previous venues used snow fences, according to Potter.

He said that through 12 years of being involved with the sport, he has never seen the NAFA World Series be in the same city two years in a row.

Along with the actual softball games, there will be entertainment for all ages with yard games and a playground.

Buffalo Wild Wings, who helped cater last year, will be returning this year to serve food and beer along with several other vendors.

Potter said one of the goals for this year was to attract local organizations, so in the second week of the event, Hogs Breath BBQ and two local food trucks, Jumbo’s Food Truck and Northern Brain Freeze will join. Jumbo’s specializes in its famous Sloppy Joe sauce, while Northern Brain Freeze serves shaved ice.

Along with getting local vendors to attend, Potter views this as an opportunity to help fastpitch softball gain popularity in the area.

“We have a lot of passionate people in Fargo that really want to see the sport succeed and grow in Fargo,” Potter said.

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