‘Ice Box’ bonspiel draws 36 rinks

The annual “Ice Box Days” bonspiel hits the ice at the Fort Frances Curling Club starting tomorrow with one of the biggest fields ever in its 11-year history.
Some 36 rinks, including many from this side of the border, are set to compete.
Lorne Jackson of Fort Frances is the defending champ.
“It’ll be a good week of curling,” said Rick Grenda of the Fort Frances Curling Club. “Having 36 teams is an excellent total to prior years. It’s really shot up.
“We didn’t even think we could get 32 teams, and then we got that and we got some more calls and were able to get 36,” added Grenda, who also noted there was a waiting list.
Play gets underway tomorrow at 5 p.m., with action continuing all day Saturday. The finals are slated for Sunday.
A social also will be held Saturday night at the Border Bar over in International Falls, which is open to the public.
“It’s always been a popular event. You get a real bang for your buck,” said Grenda.
In other news, the popular “Freeze your Gizzard Blizzard Run,” a cornerstone of Ice Box Days festivities which attracts widespread interest from local runners, is slated for Saturday morning starting at Rainy River Community College in the Falls.