Photo courtesy of Abby Anderson Jones.
DALLAS, Wisc. — America’s second oldest tournament is coming back for it’s ninth year. The Dallas Oktoberfest Kubb Tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at the park in Dallas, Wisconsin. The tournament’s presenting sponsor is Kubbnation Magazine and will be directed by Eric Anderson. The tournament will follow the U.S. National Championship ruleset, but with two variations. Since 2013, Dallas has required multiple inkastares. No inkastare can throw kubbs on consecutive turns, meaning each team will have a minimum of two players at this position. Also, Dallas was the first U.S. tournament to move to a 6-person team requirement back in 2012. Due to the limited space involved in running the tournament, it has a maximum of 16 teams. Because of this limitation, it has had a wait list since 2014.
The format of the tournament remains unchanged, as the 16 teams will be placed in groups of four and utilize a round-robin format. The top two teams in each group will advance to the championship bracket, while the bottom two teams will play in the consolation bracket.
All teams are guaranteed six matches throughout the day. Any of the top four teams returning from 2016 will be placed in the top of their group. Any returning teams of the four tied-fifth teams from the 2016 tournament will be randomly placed in the bottom of the four groups. Then all remaining teams will be randomly placed in each of the four groups. Tiebreakers will consist of games won and then a throw off to determine seed. The throw-off will consist of which team can knock down the most field and baseline kubbs after inkasting three kubbs (at least two inkastares).
“If you have never played in a six-person team tournament, you will fall in love with it in Dallas, Wisconsin.” —Eric Anderson, tournament director
The kubb tournament is just one of many events that the Village of Dallas will be hosting the first weekend in October. It’s their 21st Annual Oktoberfest celebration as the village’s normal population of 400 swells with an influx of people looking to participate in many of the weekend’s planned events. In addition to kubb, there will be a pancake breakfast, vintage baseball, car show, arts and crafts, Valkyrie beer, brats, Polka music, Wiener Dog Race, dog costume contest, cannon blasts, remote control airplanes, and much more.