A major Illinois bowling tournament is a "strike" for Rockford's economy.
The state Women's Bowling Association Championship tournament is taking place at Park Lanes and Don Carter Lanes over the next 10 weekends.
This brings 3,000 bowlers and spectators to the Rockford area, which are estimated to spend more than $700,000 at hotels, restaurants and retail shops during their stay.
"This is the 12th time in not quite 100 years that Rockford has been able to host this tournament and in doing so we've hosted it more than any other city in the State of Illinois," said John Groh, President of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"I know that the bowlers coming here are going to have a great experience, a lot of hospitality a lot of fun and we're just thrilled to have them, I know we look forward to hosting this group, which is one of our favorite customer groups, back in the future."
The last time Rockford hosted this tournament was in 2012.