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La Crosse Curling Club hosts annual bonspiel

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Some of the region's best curling teams spent the weekend at Green Island Ice Arena, part of the 4th Annual Mississippi River Open Bonspiel.

The event is hosted by the La Crosse Curling Club, and has grown in size each year. This year featured 26 teams, with four classes of competition, and participants of all ages.

Curling Club President Kathi Millard said the season is winding down for the year - the final games will be played this week - but more opportunities to learn the game of curling are coming this fall.

"We'll pick up our season this fall, sometime in October, and we'll have some learn-to-curls," Millard said. "So if you don't know how to curl and you would like to, look for some information about that event, watch it on TV, do what you can do. Curling is really a sport for all ages."

The best part of any bonspiel, Millard said, is the friendliness among the teams.

"When you curl against each other, you congratulate each other for a good shot. That's part of what of what goes on in curling. When you're done with the match, you sit down at a table and have some beverages, just have some snacks and talk about the game and talk about curling," she said. "So it's really all about the people that you get to meet and people you get to curl with."

There are approximately 120 members in the La Crosse Curling Club, Millard said.

The following teams won their respective events Sunday at Green Island Ice Arena:

1st Event: Vosberg rink Frogtown

2nd Event: Critzman rink Centerville

3rd Event: Roberts rink Marshfield

4th Event: Nickel rink La Crosse

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