What is a bonspiel? First of all, it’s pronounced bon-speel. It’s a fun word that basically means “curling tournament.” If you’ve never been to a bonspiel, they’re a blast. They’re typically a weekend event that attracts curling teams from throughout the region. The registration fee usually includes food and beverages at the curling rink all weekend. Many bonspiels encourage costumes or have themes. And curlers seem to LOVE their costumes.
The Brainerd Lakes Curling Club hosts several bonspiels each year. The bonspiels that are scheduled for the 2018-19 curling season are listed below. Get a team together and join us for a fun weekend of curling!
Women’s Wine & Chocolate Spiel – Nov. 3-4, 2018
This 16-team women’s spiel is held on Saturday and Sunday.
The 7th Annual Open Bonspiel – Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018
This is a 32-team open bonspiel with a guarantee of three games. (formerly the “Ever” spiel)
Rock & Beer Open Spiel – Jan. 25-27, 2019
Details are coming soon. This open spiel is new this year! Come be part of the fun!
Women’s Gopher State – March 1-3, 2019
More details to come.
The Holden Memorial Bonspiel – March 23-24, 2019
Details to come. This open bonspiel is to honor Fran Holden, who donated the money to build the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club. Teams must be made up of 2 or more BLCA members.
A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special rate of $110/night at the Baymont Inn or Days Inn in Baxter, MN. These rooms will be held for 3 weeks prior to the event. Reservations must be made by phone – request the “Bonspiel Rate.”
Baymont Inn: 218-822-1133
Days Inn: 218-829-3080
Directions: Click here
Physical address: 2000 SE 13th St., Brainerd, MN 56401
Mailing address: BLCA, PO Box 361, Brainerd, MN 56401