The 5th Annual Farmers and Friends Bonspiel is scheduled from March 26th to March 29th, 2020.
The bonspiel has a cap of 64 teams and always fills up early. Entry fees are $200 per team and includes a minimum of 3 games, entry into the huge door prize, 4 free drinks, 4 free orders of wings and every team will walk away with a prize at the end of the weekend!
There are a ton of fun things going on in conjunction with the bonspiel. Friday night the kitchen will be serving wings followed by the huge bonspiel calcutta and fundraiser auction. Saturday we have the elimination door prize draw for the $3,000 travel voucher, a silent auction and the shootout to the button. The shootout to the button pot starts at $1300 this year. Sunday we crown the 2020 event champions in the A, B, C, and D flights.
Teams who entered the 2019 bonspiel will have until December 15th to enter the 2020 event. Bonspiel committee members will contact you before that date to remind you. After that date entry is open to all interested teams from across Canada. Our bonspiel has featured teams from Alberta, all over Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
2018 Farmers and Friends Bonspiel
The 2018 Farmers and Friends Bonspiel the raised $63,500 from the 4 day event. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a huge success! Full details are available below courtesy of Grasslands News.
By Chris Ashfield
March 29, 2018
After four days of curling by 256 curlers, it all came down to an extra end in the final game to determine the winner of the Whitewood Farmer’s and Friend’s Bonspiel.
The four-day bonspiel March 22 to 25 at the Whitewood Community Centre saw 64-teams curl 124 games on nine sheets of ice, making it the largest bonspiel in Saskatchewan under the same roof. Taking part in the event were curlers from throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
The Grenfell team of Kelly Hollinger (skip), Tyson Hollinger (third), Ben Saleski (second) and Marc Saleski (lead) defeated the Jason Krupski team from Whitewood 6-5 in an extra end to win the third annual event, laying claim to the Bert Page Sr. Memorial Trophy.
Winning the B side was the Esterhazy team of Chad Petracek (skip), Jeremy Chevrier (third), Chris Martin (second) and Chris Raiwet (lead). They beat the Dexter Samida rink of Whitewood in the finals.
The C side winner was another Esterhazy rink who beat the Badger’s Bunch team of Whitewood. Skipping the winning team was Mark Weiss with Chris Mensell third, Ken Patrick as second and Ryan Sullivan as lead.
Whitewood’s Mark Beutler team won the D-Side over Team Corbin of Stoughton. Along with Beutler as the team skip, helping to earn the team a win was Jennalee Beutler (third), James Stratton (second) and Darren Davis (lead).
Speaking to the hundreds of people on hand for the opening ceremony, Whitewood Curling Club presented Chad Kelly, who was the person behind the idea of hosting such a huge event, said that the amount of support the club has received over the years has been phenomenal.
“The coolest thing about an event like this is the family of curlers, sponsors, volunteers and spectators that comes with it,” said Kelly.
In the first two years of the bonspiel, more than $86,000 has been raised. A large portion of that money has been set aside for the expansion of the second-storey viewing lounge, until construction beginning in May. Several thousands of dollars has also been donated to other community groups and projects.
“When we started this bonspiel we had big intentions of raising a bit of money for our local rink. We never anticipated the sponsorship and support would ever be where it is today,” said Kelly.
Due to the success of the event, Kelly said that the curling club has decided it will open an application process to Whitewood and surrounding towns for community groups or projects that are looking for funding.
Figures on the amount of money raised from this year’s event will be released next week.
Next year’s Farmers and Friends Bonspiel will be held March 21 to 24, 2019. Already, a number of teams that curled over the weekend have registered for next year.
2018 Farmers and Friends Bonspiel - A Final