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CARP tournament reels in visitors and their dollars to Baldwinsville businesses - The Red Mill Inn
Gloria Wright / The Post-Standard
from left, Dennis Moneypenny, of North Carolina, Tony Saraceni and his brother Joe Saraceni, both of Baldwinsville, stop to pose for a picture. They are competing in the Fourth Annual CARP Tournament Northeast Regionals on the Seneca River, which began Thursday.
Baldwinsville, NY -- Owners of Baldwinsville restaurants and hotels say they welcome the spike in business the annual CARP Tournament Series Northeast Regionals on the Seneca River generates for them each year.
“The economic impact on this particular weekend is great and we are also finding that people are coming back to our community throughout the year,” Baldwinsville Mayor Joe Saraceni said. “They are staying at the Red Mill Inn, eating at our restaurants and visiting our establishments.”
The fourth annual carp tournament kicked off Thursday morning. It has attracted 41 teams of competitors from across the United States and beyond, including carp fishermen from Canada, England and Poland. Competitors fish for 50 hours straight, trying to win $15,000 in cash and prizes in the catch-and-release contest. The tournament ends Saturday.
The Red Mill Inn is the headquarters for the event. Its manager, Steve Einbinder, said the tournament helps to kick-start business for the summer. “We see an impact throughout the year,” Einbinder said. “Those who can’t make it to the tournament come out in May, June, July and straight through October to fish.”
Einbinder, who is fishing in the tournament for “Team Red Mill Inn,” said he sees a strong economic effect from the event. “Just go to the grocery store and you can see the impact,” Einbinder said. “All of the oats and grits are gone,”
Jim Delia, owner of Pizza Man on Oswego Street, said he loves the influx of business from the tournament. “They are fishing for 50 hours straight, so we get a lot of calls for delivery,” Delia said. “We deliver right to the river. That really increases our business quite a bit.”
Tony Saraceni, the vice president of the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, agrees that the tournament has had a significant impact on the Baldwinsville economy. “We’ve had lots of spectators out here today,” Tony Saraceni said. “This is true economic development. We are bringing people from out of town into our community.”
Joe and Tony Saraceni are brothers, both of whom are fishing in the tournament as “Team Saraceni.” “We are finding that people are returning year and after year,” Joe Saraceni said. “That’s really a testament to how great this community is.”