Church ’spiel in need of rinks

Press Release

With a half-dozen teams signed up so far for the 42nd-annual Churchperson’s bonspiel, organizers are hoping to get another six prior to the event on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Bill Gushulak of Knox United Church said the aim is to have 12 different teams representing 12 different congregations, and welcomed more churches to register.
“It’s not too late to sign up,” he remarked. “Give me a phone call and I’ll certainly put them on the list.
“Come out for a day of fun, curling, and good Christian fellowship,” he added.
To sign up, call Gushulak at home (274-3891) or work (274-2971). You also may register by calling Rick at the Fort Frances Curling Club (274-6667).
The bonspiel will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
This is a fun event that attracts participants from area and district churches on both sides of the border each year. Those who have participated in the past, and those new to the event, are equally welcome.
Churches can enter as many teams as they wish, with organizers looking to accommodate everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. Teams can be any four persons of any age.
Registration is set this year again at $76 per team of four. This includes the cost of curling (three six-end games) and lunch.
As in the past, regular curling rules apply and the scoring is patterned to work with this type of bonspiel format.
At the end of the day, the first-place team is deemed the “champion” while the second-place team is responsible for looking after next year’s competition.
The top two rinks also receive awards courtesy of Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
Anyone who wishes to come out for the day to cheer on their favourite team also are welcome. Admission is free.
An elevator for handicap access is available at the curling club.