Spooky Nook reaches milestone by signing first event for 2022 in Hamilton

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Jun. 11—The first event has been scheduled for Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill.

The large indoor sports facility and convention center under construction in Hamilton will host the 65th Model T Tour held by the Model T Ford Club International from July 17-22, 2022, officials said.

The event expected to draw more than 200 of the classic vehicles will feature a judged car show, driving tours, and a movie night at Holiday Auto Theatre, among other events. More than 600 attendees are expected to explore surrounding areas. Recent Model T Tour host destinations have included Auburn, New York, Whitefish, Montana, Cranberry, Pennsylvania and Prince Edward Island, Canada.

"What a great way to showcase the amenities and beautiful location of Spooky Nook Champion Mill, our Downtown, Main Street, and Historic Districts," said Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller. "It will be wonderful for all of us in Hamilton to see and learn about Model Ts at this great family event."

The facility is expected to include a 233-room hotel and a convention/meeting center with 125,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space.

In late April, the first tenant was announced for the facility. Municipal Brew Works, whose facility in Hamilton is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend, will open a second location at Spooky Nook that will occupy 5,000 square feet and brew 1,000 barrels of beer a year. That's compared to the 1,500 already made at the existing location downtown. It will be able to seat 250 and have a patio overlooking the Great Miami River.

The original Spooky Nook facility in Pennsylvania recently was estimated to have a $90 million economic impact on its surrounding area, from visitors who do things like buy gas and food, and rent hotel rooms. Officials have said they believe Hamilton's impact eventually will be larger than that.

The Spooky Nook project routinely has been reported to be $144 million, but other investments by the city for parking and other expenses bring the total to $165 million, officials said.