The Eckville Farmer’s Bonspiel is looking to have full attendance on Jan. 6-8.

Eckville Curling Rink to host Farmer’s Bonspiel

The Eckville Curling Rink is looking to be everyone’s home on the prairie at the beginning of 2017.

The Curling Rink is looking to be everyone’s home on the prairie at the beginning of 2017.

The Annual Farmer’s Bonspiel will take place the Eckville Curling Rink on January 6-8. The event, which is intended to be annual celebration of curling in Eckville has been unfortunately can go on two out of the last six years. The reason for the cancellations has been a lack of attendance something organizer Jesse Rangen looks to avoid this year.

“Over the last six years, it has been cancelled twice because we haven’t got enough people,” he said.

For a full Bonspiel, the rink requires 16 teams, however the Farmer’s Bonspiel is still able to run smoothly with 12 teams. Currently, registration is sitting at nine. Rangen wanted to stress that this event is not strictly for farmers.

“We call it the farmers but its actually an open mixed spiel,” he said “It is open to everybody.”

The event is a traditional bonspiel where everyone starts off on the A side of the bracket. One loss means your team would move down on bracket to the B side, and hypothetically another would lead to the C side of the bracket. It you lose three games in a row you would be knocked out of the spiel; conversely if you win three games in row you would be able to hoist the trophy alongside your rink.

“It will depend on how many people we get to see how far we can go,” Rangen added.

On top of looking for teams, the organizers are beginning to look for sponsors for the event to help cover prizes and other costs throughout the weekend.

“We will be going around asking we have people who will be reaching out to find sponsors,” he said.

The cost for a rink is $200, which includes the cost of dinner. The cost is payable at the door of the Curling Rink the day of.

“A supper will be included in your bonspiel ticket. Dinner will be right at the rink,” Rangen added.

With nine teams registered, Rangen is confident that the event will go on.

“We are starting to feel like we can have it this year,” he said.

If you would like to register your team, sponsor the event or help out you can contact Rangen at 403 597 0906 or at eckvillecurlingclub@live.com. You can also register in person at the Eckville Curling Rink.

“We are trying to get a feel on how many people OVERSET FOLLOWS:we can get out,” he added.

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