Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Town and Country Funspiel

A champions - Team Holtman
Jim Cameron, Blaine Gross, Bruce Baker, Mal Holtman
T. Lucas photos
Toni Lucas

The Town and Country Funspiel is a long-standing tradition in Pincher Creek.  Originally it was called the Farmers Bonspiel.  The week-long event now encourages friendly competition between rural and urban residents of the Pincher Creek area, with teams representing families, organizations, businesses, friends, and neighbors.

B champs - Team Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village
Kevin Crook, Barb Crook, Fran Cyr, Jenni Newman (Coleen Cyr not pictured)

Long time curler said she Brenda Heisler believes the tournament originally began in the 1960s, "or even earlier." This year over 20 teams participated between Monday, February 9 to the last day on Saturday the 14th.   The event culminated in a prime rib dinner, games, awards and the choosing of prizes from many items donated by local businesses and individuals.

C champs - Team Anderberg
Kandus Hall, Dennis Zalensky, Margaret Bignold, Don Anderberg

Everyone was welcomed regardless of experience, and many teams had alternate members in case a team member could not join in on certain days.  This continues to be excellent chance to experience the sport, whether in a curling league or not.  The teams were slotted into divisions A, B, C, and D,  depending roughly on ability and experience.

D champs - Team Barbero
Shaun, Gloria, Brent, and Bradley Barbero (and Justin Zoratti, not pictured)

Team Co-op
George Robar, Shannon Donovan, Barb Sabo and Clayton LeJan 

The Big R's and the RC'S
Teams composed of RCMP members from the Pincher Creek and Piikani Detachments

Team Carlson
Mac Main, Larry Koop, Greg Nicas and Darryl Carlson

Team Jesse Hall

Going off the rails on the gravy train
Darryl Carlson with a forkfull of roast

Darryl Carlson and Lee Hochstein carving roasts

Twins William (red) and Zachary (Green) cheering on the final sheets

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