Eau Claire (WQOW) - The 2020 National Kubb Championship, set to take place on July 10th-12th, has become the latest event cancelled by Covid-19.
The Swedish lawn game has become an Eau Claire staple in recent years.
It was introduced to the Chippewa Valley in 2007 by Eric and Erin Anderson, and by 2011 Eau Claire was named the official Kubb Capital of North America.
The National Kubb Championship, held in Eau Claire, draws on average 128 different teams totaling over four hundred participates. Under the county's current safety guidelines, that was not going to fly.
"We contacted people and said, hey would you still come if we hosted it," says Eric Anderson, director of the tournament. "Surprisingly it was four or five to one, people were like we'll be there and we want to play. We had thought about reducing the participate number and teams from 128 to 64 and do different things, but it just wasn't going to be able to work this year."
Anderson says the game has become so popular in the the area that some local P.E. classes include it in their curriculum.
The tournament is primed to return in 2021 with the same enthusiasm.
"The point that we're at now with the event, it's a three-day event and people come into town early," says Anderson. "We have teams that have come from California and Pennsylvania for five or six years in a row, because when they come here they feel like they're somewhere special. They feel like they are in the Kupp capital of North America. It's not just a slogan or a saying, they're here and they want to embrace it."
The 2021 Kubb Championship will be held July 9th-11th. For more information, or to learn about the games itself, visit http://www.usakubb.org.