Wadena will never be the same after the recent Chicken and Wine Bonspiel.The rink’s rafters started shaking when crowds started to show up Friday night for draws, and continued Saturday morning with a pancake breakfast. Before you knew it, Saturday afternoon arrived and the band Dead South, booked for that evening’s entertainment, hit the ice for a little friendly competition among the locals.
Organizers say it was an occasion for the record books as 34 teams registered to enjoy the full-on Easter weekend event. Considering the Chicken and Wine bonspiel was not even held four years ago, interest has built up over the past three, hosting first 22, then 28, then 31 teams from 2012 till now.
After the generous supper, Dead South was again in the spotlight as the bluegrass-folk band from Regina turned up the amps to what was a standing-room-only crowd. It was reported that out-of-town curlers could be heard expressing their jealousy over the success of the event, while Dead South fans came from Wynyard, Wishart and Kelliher just for the show.
It was no surprise that early Monday morning the rafters of the Wadena Curling Club were being thoroughly checked to ensure they were still intact.
By Alison Squires