Record number of athletes…. 120 in all competed. This is probably as many as we can accommodate in one day. Great teams this year. In addition to the Scottish Nationals were the Polish nationals and the Nigerian Nationals. Not to be outdone were the Big Hair Curlers, Off the Grid Rollers, Team Curlicious…but my favorites were a team of 13 pirates. The pirates all had great vegetable names like “Dread Pirate Broccoli” and “Second Mate Turnip”; all had the requisite eye patch.
Local sports columnist Steve Lawrence rolled out the ceremonial first rutabaga to much fanfare. We added wooden bumpers this year to the court. This provided a “chute” to roll your rutabaga through and also provided some degree of crowd control as rutabagas sometimes went careening off wildly and unwary spectators were often hit. Kevin Waskelis (Team Curlicious) took Gold, Rena Grossman (also team Curlicious) took Silver. Karen Hollands of the Scottish Nationals took Bronze. Alas yee scurvy dogs, not a single pirate threw a decent rutabaga!