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Rocky Mount Begins Spring Festival Countdown

USA South Commissioner Rita Wiggs
USA South Commissioner Rita Wiggs

Rocky Mount, N.C. - The City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina conducted a press conference on Thursday, September 20th, at City Stadium to announce the details of the upcoming 2013 USA South Spring Sports Festival. USA South Commissioner Rita Wiggs and Rocky Mount Mayor David W. Combs were among those on hand for the festivities.

"This is a great day for us," Mayor Combs shared. "A lot of hard work and effort has been put forth by the community to get this event to Rocky Mount."

In May of 2011, the USA South Athletic Conference announced a partnership with the city of Rocky Mount to host the 2013 and 2014 Spring Sports Festivals. The festival features the tournaments of all six Conference spring sports. This year's event will take place April 11-14, 2013.

"It has become a much-anticipated event for our student-athletes, one they look forward to each spring," Commissioner Wiggs shared. "The Conference's intent was to make their championships special and not just a tournament but an event where they were the guests of honor. The Conference has accomplished those goals and now the leaders Rocky Mount, along with the neighboring counties, have expressed to me that they are going to make this upcoming Sports Festival the best one ever."

As a preview to the championships, N.C. Wesleyan College President Jim Gray introduced the Rocky Mount Sports Festival Organizing Committee and unveiled the Spring Sports Festival logo. Additionally, the city's Sports Festival website,, was announced. There, fans can learn more about the participants, view event schedules, discover the city of Rocky Mount as well as determine where to eat and stay while in town. Rocky Mount's city limits fall within Edgecombe and Nash Counties.

The city, named an All-America City in 1970 and 1999, is located halfway between New York and Florida directly on I-95 and US 64. Rocky Mount has played host to numerous collegiate events as well as regional and national recreation tournaments. The city is also home to USA South member North Carolina Wesleyan College.

This release courtesy of the USA South Conference Office.