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The financial numbers are not in yet, but the economic impact from the 2018 Viterra Men's Curling Championship will be felt in Winkler and around the region.

Winkler Mayor Martin Harder says the high profile event brought many new people to the region, adding he's learned many of the local hotels were booked as well.

"I think economically it's good for the community to host events like this, we're just hoping we can continue the momentum."

Host Chair Louis Tanguay says while attendance was down from the 2015 Scotties Women's Curling Championship, ticket sales were higher than seats filled.

"We always wondered what the Jennifer Jones effect was, I think we now know."

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He notes they had almost 1,100 tickets sold for one draw, but only 800 people actually showed up. Tanguay says many draws hovered around the 900 tickets sold range.

"We're pretty happy with that," he says.

Tanguay estimates they will see approximately $100,000 in revenue.

He notes there were some unexpected expenses including additional heating costs, but remains optimistic they will reach six figures.

The Scotties event was extremely profitable in 2015 allowing the organizers to return approximately $148,000 to the community.

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