Sara Story, NBC 5 Denton County Reporter
Two thousands firefighters from across the state are facing off in the Texas Firefighter Summer Games this week in Lewisville.
Firefighters from across the state are facing off in the Texas Firefighter Summer Games this week.
Lewisville is hosting the competition in which 2,000 participants go head-to-head in Olympic-style games.
"We are out here to have fun, but everyone wants to win and walk away with the pride of knowing they beat their co-workers from around the state," Lewisville firefighter Terry McGrath said.
The firefighters represent more than 25 departments from across the state.
McGrath said there are plenty of opportunities to take home a medal.
"There is a whole variety of events you can compete in," he said. "Softball and soccer are the biggest ones today, but there's everything from darts to archery, horseshoes and washers, sand volleyball."
The games are bringing more than just a little competition to Lewisville. The city expects 3,500 visitors to bring in about $500,000 this week.
"They are coming from all over Texas, so they are staying in hotels, we are eating out [and spending on] entertainment," Dallas firefighter Brad Allen said.
Allen said the games are hosted in a different city each year. This is Lewisville's fourth time to host the event.
The games will last all week and are free and open to the public.