Junior Tourney To Pump Up Kanza Bowl, Topeka Economy

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The 2012 Kanza Bowl will attract more than just the college football crowd to Topeka.

The Northeast Kansas Football League and Parrish Hotels announced plans Thursday for a junior football tournament at this year's bowl game.

Weekend festivities for the bowl pitting teams from the MIAA and Lone Star Conference will include a multi-day junior football tournament. Plans call for it to feature more than 20 teams between second and eighth grades.

Not only will the bowl bring an action-packed slate of games to the city, Jim Parrish of Parrish Hotels says it will also help the economy. He says hotels and restaurants will cash in from players, families and fans. Plus, he says retail businesses might benefit from some people beginning their Christmas shopping in Topeka while they're in town for the weekend.

The Kanza Bowl is played the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend at Hummer Sports.

Parrish says they are still looking for businesses and advertisers to help make the Kanza bowl a continuing success.