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A Friendly Game of Croquet

  |   July 29, 2014  |  Comment

Downing Park, Newburgh — Saturday, August 10th

Around this time last year, there was a wild and wacky, crazy game of croquet going in Downing Park in Newburgh. The ancient sport is coming back, so claim the locals. On Sunday, August 10th, everyone is invited back to Downing Park in Newburgh to take part in the third annual Newburgh Croquet Tournament.

Beware, the competition is expected to be stiff: the two previous year’s tournament champions will be competing again for the croquet winners bragging rights. Registration begins at 2 P.M. in the stage area east of the Downing pond (Robinson Ave. & South Street), locally known as the “Polly”.

The game of croquet was a popular game in 19th century Newburgh. Nate Lange, a Newburgh Historical Society volunteer and course designer in this year’s tournament alongside his father, Russell, played the game while growing up in the Hudson Valley. He claims, “What makes croquet fun is you play it on the lawn, so you’re outside, and my father usually plays, so he tells you about ‘Vermont rules’, which he learned playing with his grandfather and his brothers as a kid, and which involve specially-engineered, site-specific obstacles as well as funny sayings to employ in your sporting attempts to foil your opponents.  Croquet draws on a combination of strategy, physical skill, physics, and camaraderie.”

Come see for yourself! Players are encouraged to come in pairs or be prepared to be paired up to participate. Musical entertainment and refreshments will be provided. Official Croquet Tournament t-shirts and baked goods will be available for purchase. There is a $5 sign up fee and registration opens at 1:30 P.M.

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