Photo courtesy of Lynn Saegert
May 6, 2017
9 a.m. Play Starts
Ingersoll Centennial Park
315 S First St
Rockford, IL 61104
$40 per team
ROCKFORD, Ill. — The 2017 Rockford Swedish Historical Society Kubb Tournament will mark the eighth edition of the tournament, making it one of the longest running tournaments in the U.S. and a mainstay on any good Midwesterner’s kubb schedule. The tournament was started in 2010 in Rockford, Ill. by Eric Anderson at Ingersoll Centennial Park the same park that it is held in today. Currently the tournament director is the president of Kubb United, Evan Fitzgerald. This tournament uses two to six person teams, DMK style (eight rounds) setup using the Kubb United Rules for Open Play. Last year the 36 team tournament was won by the Beasts of Battle (Jason Larson and Ford Rolfsrud). This year Evan is expecting more than 40 teams with awards for the top four teams in the championship bracket and the top two in the consolation A and B brackets. The awards (king shaped cutting boards of various sizes) were generously made by avid kubb player, Pat Rupp, and engraved by Erickson Tools.
There will be open pitches Friday night starting at 4 p.m. with a pre-tournament gathering at Owly Oops and will be featuring craft beers from Prairie Street Brewing Co. starting at 6 p.m. including a live band. On Saturday evening immediately following the awards, there will be a post-tournament gathering again at Owly Oops with craft beers from Prairie Street Brewing Co.
For lunch, concessions will be provided by Swedish Soul Fusion. There are also a lot of options nearby and players are welcome to bring their own lunch to the park.
For many years, Rockford was known as the start of the kubb season and this is where I learned to play kubb in 2011. This year will be a lot of fun and we have a great committee formed and we expect some really big things for this tournament next year. We are excited to support Gigi’s Playhouse as it is near and dear to our heart as it supports a family that has been there since the beginning of kubb in Rockford. —Evan Fitzgerald