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County one of two sites considered for 2024 Can-Am games

September 22, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

Bill Merrylees, CEO and president of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games, speaks with Sheriff Mike Slupe at a meet-and-greet in Cranberry Township on Saturday evening. Officials associated with the games are touring Butler County to consider it as a future host of their event.

Officials representing a mini Olympics-style tournament for police and firefighters began touring Butler County sports venues over the weekend.

Four board members overseeing the biennial Can-Am Police-Fire Games arrived in Butler County Saturday. Tourism and Convention Bureau staff planned to spend Sunday, Monday and a portion of Tuesday caravanning the team to various sports and outdoors venues.

There's a big question looming over the tour: Will Butler be picked? Tourism workers heard about a month ago that Butler County was one of two areas being considered for the 2024 Can-Am games. Savannah, Georgia is the other option. After leaving Butler, officials such as Can-Am's president and CEO, Bill Merrylees, will head there for a tour.

“Our decision is based on the experience the athletes are going to have,” Merrylees said. “If we get a sense that this is a really great place to visit, and it can support what we need, that's what we'll do.”

The visiting board will scout out locations at Slippery Rock University, Moraine State Park and Pullman Park, to name a few.

Read more in Monday's Butler Eagle.