Wine Country Curling Club brings back ‘The Crush’

Roseville's Skatetown Ice Arena to host huge International curling bonspiel
By: Amy Looney - Special To The Press Tribune
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What: Wine Country Curling Club’s hometown bonspiel

When: Sept. 2-3 beginning Friday at 7 a.m. 

Who: 36 teams from Canada, Washington D.C., Chicago, Utah, Arizona and California battle for the club title

Admission: Free to spectators

The allure of cooling down inside Roseville’s Skatetown Ice Arena has never been greater as The Crush Bonspiel, which began in 2006, returns this Labor Day Weekend after taking a one year hiatus in 2015. 

Wine Country Curling Club (WCCC) and Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) have teamed up to bring this incredible event back to Placer Valley as it is the largest curling competition in all of California.  

Due to scarce ice and mild winters, curling on the West Coast has slowly built a quiet following. While the sport is growing quickly, there are only five curling clubs in all of California, including WCCC. The club’s former president Robert Kuhl Jr. estimates roughly 1,000 people in the state compete in bonspiels each year − a major culture change for the Minnesota native.

“You could go ten miles in any direction out (in Minnesota) and they’d have five places to curl,” Kuhl explained. “Out here in California, they don’t have that, so to have The Crush return is awesome.”

A total of 36 teams are scheduled to compete Sept. 2-4 with curling teams traveling from as far away as Canada, Washington D.C., Chicago, Utah and Arizona to participate. Six curling clubs from the state will also be competing at The Crush. All teams are guaranteed a four-game minimum and games will start at 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2. 

Several internationally known curlers will be in attendance including U.S. Olympic curlers Debbie McCormick and Mark Swandby and Scottish Olympic curler Edith Loudon Hazard.

“It is going to be an amazing weekend,” current WCCC President Katie Feldman commented. “The opening ceremony is Friday at 4 p.m. and will showcase the teams as they parade out on the ice, there will also be guest speakers, bag pipes and much more.”

Come Saturday night, WCCC will host their fundraiser with a silent auction, raffle and wine tasting. The group encourages novice curlers to come out and visit the event to get a taste for the festivities involved with the sport. Admission is free to all spectators. Skatetown Ice Arena is located at 1009 Orlando Ave in Roseville.