Macker Returning

The ‘Mack’ is back, but burger bash is not.

Gus Macker Basketball returns to Betts Park on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, for a weekend of three-on-three action. It will not, however, be tied with the Allegheny Burger Festival.

“While there is no official Allegheny Burger Festival this year, we will have a variety of food vendors available to sell to the public,” said Keith Hedges, Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry (WCCBI) director of events.

Food vendors will be available beginning at 11 a.m. and, “run through close of play both days,” he noted.

Tournament play will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Player check-in will be held on Friday, May 16, from 4 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 17, from 6:30 until 9 p.m.

According to Hedges, not much has changed for this year’s tournament.

“The tournament itself will be basically the same as in past years,” he said.

While the format is three-on-three, teams can include up to four players. Players may only play on one team.

Registration is being handled through the official Gus Macker Basketball website,, and closes on April 28. The cost per team is $132.

No events are planned for later in the day.

“There will be no evening activities,” Hedges said, “but the public is encouraged to attend during play hours and take advantage of the food options and the general ‘big event’ atmosphere of the tournament.”

He noted the man who started Gus Macker, Scott McNeal, will likely attend as he has in past years.

Hedges also said the tournament is still looking for people interested in helping bring the event together.

“We are currently still looking for volunteers to help with registration and other tasks,” he said. “Also we are looking for officials. They are paid $75 per day working ‘whistle-to-whistle’ beginning to end of the day’s play.”

More information on the tournament and Gus Macker history can be found at