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Thousands gather in Scott Co., MO for annual horseshoe tournament

SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A little rain didn't stop hundreds of people from playing horseshoes at an annual tournament held this year in Scott County, Missouri on Saturday, August 20.

The heavy rain across the Heartland over the past week made for a muddy mess, but didn't stop people from still throwing the metal.

There is a men's, women's and senior division, and winning teams have an opportunity to take home a nice trophy for their efforts.

Amongst those young players you will find teammates 78-year-old Richard Dudenhoeffer and 70-year-old Jerry Siebeneck, who started playing horseshoes together years ago.

“It’s still a hobby," Dudenhoeffer said. "We win, we win, if we don’t, we don’t, that’s alright too.”

In 2014, the duo placed 4th place. The following year they placed 3rd, and again this year placed came in 3rd place.  

The teammates said things will be different when the two return next summer.

“Next year we’re going to win first," Dudenhoeffer said.

"We’re going to skip second and go directly to first next year,” Siebeneck said.

And they will make sure to do that using a simple motto.

"'To live a little longer and have a little more fun and pitch a few more shoes'," Siebeneck said. 

“To get up tomorrow!" Dudenhoeffer said.

The tournament will be held next year in St. Charles County, right outside of the St. Louis.

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