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Ladies Caribou Funspiel in Grand Falls-Windsor a chance for non-curlers to try sport

Karen Stagg of Sonny’s Flowers presenting the Sonny’s Flowers Rose Bowl to the first-place team of Cheryl Hudson, Charlene King, Marjorie Hewlett and Shirley Wall.
Karen Stagg of Sonny’s Flowers presenting the Sonny’s Flowers Rose Bowl to the first-place team of Cheryl Hudson, Charlene King, Marjorie Hewlett and Shirley Wall. - Submitted

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – One fun weekend of curling held every year is gaining provincial attention.

“We have new teams every year,” said Cheryl Hudson, a member of the organizing committee for the Ladies Caribou Funspiel held at the Exploits Regional Curling Club Feb. 23 and 24.
“It gets a lot of ladies who aren’t normally curling out for a fun weekend.”

Twenty-four teams participated in the 47th edition of the annual event, with teams coming from Lewisporte, Conception Bay South and, for the first time, two teams all the way from Port aux Basques.
Hudson said the spiel has been growing for a number of years and that it’s good to see the same faces again and again.

“Social media seems to be a factor,” she said. “I know the Port aux Basques teams saw it on the curling club Facebook page.”

While the two-day event does encourage women to get out on the ice, the fun is not confined to the rink. There are breaks between games that feature other activities, including skits, and every year has its own theme. This past event was all about Mardi Gras, and Hudson said many attendees dressed up for the occasion.

Part of the draw for curlers, she said, is the low price – something that remains constant thanks to various sponsors. The curling club benefits from hosting the spiel as well; every year there are a handful of new members to welcome as a result of the Ladies Caribou Funspiel.

“It’s just so good to see everyone out and having a good time,” Hudson said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

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