Funspiel celebrating 20th anniversary

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - As curlers sweep their stones this weekend at the Amherst Curling Club, they will be ushering in the 20th anniversary of the annual Curling Funspiel, which supports the Amherst chapter of the Kidney Foundation.
"We're proud we've gone 20 years and we hope this year is the biggest and best we've had up until now," Funspiel chairman Mark Gould said.
This year's goal is to register 40 teams and as of last night, 34 had signed up for the tournament.
"We're still looking for teams between now and Friday and we'll accept teams right up until the last minute on Friday," Gould said.
"We'd like to get 40 because it's the 20th anniversary."
It's a non-competitive event that attracts curlers from throughout the Maritimes.
"We run in the area of 130 to 160 curlers and we have a lot of returning players because they have a good time when they're here," Gould said. "It's for people who have never curled before, and it's for people who have curled a lot and who want to pick up people who haven't curled and want to have some fun."
Games begin Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a dance, with music provided by the band Offshore.
"We usually go on until people decide they want to go home, which is typically about 1 a.m., or 2 a.m.," Gould said. "A lot of people in Amherst who aren't curling will come here to enjoy the dance. Everybody is welcome. We'll have some prizes we'll be selling tickets to raise extra money for the Kidney Foundation."
Curling continues Saturday at 9 a.m., with coffee, tea and donuts and runs until 10:30 p.m. Play resumes Sunday at 9:30 a.m., and wraps up at about 4 p.m.
In the last 20 years, the Funspiel has raised more than $40,000 for the Kidney Foundation and all the money goes directly to the Amherst chapter.
"All this money goes toward research to find a cure and helping patients who have kidney disease with travel and other expenses," Gould said.
Gould encourages everybody to come out and have a good time.
"We're very pleased the event has been going this long," Gould said. "Hopefully it goes another 20 years."
Cost of entering a four-person team is $80 and each team is guaranteed three games.
For more information call the Amherst Curling Club at 667-2667 or Mark Gould at 667-7906.

Organizations: Kidney Foundation, Amherst Curling Club

Geographic location: AMHERST

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