Petawawa Kia

Farmers on ice: annual bonspiel

The winning team that took home the much-sought-after plow at this year’s Farmers’ Bonspiel, made up of Philippe Lacourse, Jean Lacourse, Debbie Smith and Eric Smith.

Sara Knox, playing with the Pontiac Agricultural Society team, lines up to fire a shot.

Ten teams took to the ice at the Shawville Curling Club on Saturday for the annual Farmers’ Bonspiel. Organizer Eric Smith (right) explained that the event was started by local farmers as a way to get together in the winter.

CALEB NICKERSON
SHAWVLLE Jan. 6, 2017
On Saturday, the Shawville Curling Club was filled with the sounds of vigorous sweeping and stones colliding as locals took part in the annual Farmers’ Bonspiel.
Organizer Eric Smith said that he has been participating in the event since it started over 25 years ago, back when it got its name.
“Originally … they were farm teams, the families would put their teams in,” he explained. “It was started by farmers for farmers and we’ve just kept it going. As you can see by the trophy, which is a plow, it’s most definitely a farm tournament.”

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