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Posted: 2010-09-17
Category: Session
Language: English
Marty Devine
United States
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This past weekend, I took my family to the annual Scandinavian Day picnic that is held out in Elgin, IL. My wife is a Norwegian folk dancer, but me, not being of Scandinavian descent and middling dancer at best, am not. So I am usually quite bored at this event, especially since I've been going to it for the past 25 years and it never changes.

This year I decided to bring my crokinole board with me, to see if I could drum up a few games, and boy, did I generate a lot of interest. I found a member of my wife's dance troupe that wasn't dancing, and he sat down and I taught him the rules and off we went. And once we started playing, we constantly had an audience of people wandering over to see what we were playing. About every 10 minutes or so I would have to stop playing to explain the rules to a new person, and spell "crokinole" over and over again. I swear, if I would have had a few boards with me to sell, I would have made a killing!

As the picnic was winding down, I took some stuff to the car, and came back to find a crowd around my board. My wife was explaining the rules to a group of historical sports re-enactors from Sweden. And these guys LOVED the game. I took over explaining, and two of them played a quick round. Then I told them that they could play 4 at a time, and for the next half hour we had a rotation of Swedes playing and trash-talking over the game. I spent a lot of time explaining the game, and where they could find plans online, and there was lots of measuring and inspecting of my board.

Anyway, I shot a little video of it, and thought I would share it with you all. It's short, and the last part is a little grainy because I shot it with my iPhone, but it amused me to see the guys in historical costumes playing. Hope you enjoy it!
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