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U.S. Midwest Kubb Championship at Boyd Park

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by Eric Anderson

On August 8, 2009 Eau Claire hosted the second annual U.S. Midwest Kubb Championship, at our very own Boyd Park. This was the third year in a row that there has been a kubb tournament in Eau Claire, and the first year it was held at Boyd Park. What is kubb, you ask? It is said that the game originates from the Vikings, more than 1,000 years ago. It is now played throughout the world, but mostly in northern Europe, especially Sweden, where most families have a kubb set. The game involves two teams tossing wooden batons at wooden blocks, with a king in the middle of the battlefield, which cannot be knocked over until you have eliminated all the kubbs in your opponents side of the pitch. The pitch is roughly eight yards by five yards in size. Due to the strategic nature of parts of the game, kubb is nicknamed Viking Chess.

The 2009 Championship consisted of 48 teams and 115 players. Teams came to play from six different states. The tournament has grown significantly from 2007, when it had 15 teams and last year, when there were 31 teams. Next year, Eau Claire, or as we are known around the country, Kubb City, U.S.A., will be hosting the inaugural U.S. National Kubb Championship, right in our neighborhood’s backyard, Boyd Park. It is anticipated that there will be 64 teams playing next year. During and after the tournament last month, there were many compliments about the park, bike path, neighborhood, and city. Thanks to the great list of sponsors, the event was able to raise $2,900. All of the proceeds went to USA for UNHCR to help refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan and the Girls on the Run of Eau Claire County program.

You can read more about kubb, regional kubb events, and the kubbolution as a whole at www.wisconsinkubb.com. If you ever want to learn how to play the game, please contact me at eric@wisconsinkubb.com.

Check out the U.S. National Kubb Championship coming up on Saturday, July 17!

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