Registrations for the Carstar Bocce Grand Prix of Sidney continue to “roll” in to Sidney Alive, one of the event’s cosponsors. The latest teams to enter represent Roe Transportation Enterprises and Sidney Tire. Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst accepted their entry fees, and hand-delivered them to Sidney Alive Executive Director Amy Breinich.
“We are excited to see the number of entrants grow,” Breinich stated. “The 2017 Carstar Bocce Grand Prix of Sidney will be a single-day tournament held in conjunction with the Great Downtown BBQfest. The combined event will be held in downtown Sidney on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Last year’s inaugural event drew a large crowd – all of our food vendors sold out. We expect this year’s competition to be an even greater success.”
In addition to bragging rights, the prize for the team finishing in first place will be a trophy and a cash prize of $1500. The second place team will receive $750. The third place team will receive $400. All entrants will receive participation medals.
Entry forms are available at the offices of Sidney Alive and on their website (SidneyAlive.org) under the “events” tab. Forms are also available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Sidney Body Carstar, Best One Tire, the reception desk at Sidney City Hall and at Lev’s Brew House.
The competition will be hosted on the south lawn of the Court House and will begin at 9:00 a.m. Finals will begin at 1:30 p.m.
The entry fee for teams entering before June 1 is $100. The entry fee for teams registering after June 1 is $120. Teams must also have their own set of bocce balls.
Bocce is the world’s third-most popular participation sport (after soccer and golf). “Bocce is an easy game that anyone can learn to play. Bocce can be played on any size court, and can even be played at the beach,” Sidney Bocce Commissioner Caven Risk stated.
“Even teams that lack experience may wish to consider playing, given the size of the prizes. Cornhole players and bowlers are naturals at bocce,” Risk explained. “To enter a team you need a minimum of two and a maximum of four players.”
“We always enjoy spending time with our friends playing bocce,” stated Penny Roe, speaking for the Roe Transportation Enterprises team. Chad and I are looking forward to competing this year, and are hoping for the big win. No matter what, we know the good times will ‘roll!’”
The Sidney Tire team was equally as excited. “Because of a scheduling conflict, we were unable to participate last year,” Jeff Pollard stated. “We made sure our schedule was open this year, and are excited to be able to play,” Heather Pollard added.
“While I was in college, I had the opportunity to see bocce being played in every city and village in Italy,” Mayor Barhorst stated. “I found it to be an intriguing game, and believe that the tournament held here has the possibility of becoming an event that will attract visitors to our community.”
Sidney Alive Director Amy Breinich agreed. “The tournament not only attracts local residents to our beautiful downtown, but a number of visitors also get a taste of what our wonderful community has to offer. We’re excited to partner with the Sidney Bocce League to bring another quality event to Sidney!”
The tournament is structured to have pool play in the morning to determine the seeding for the afternoon’s single elimination tournament. Those who desire additional information about either the Carstar Bocce Grand Prix of Sidney or the Great Downtown BBQfest are encouraged to contact Sidney Alive Director Amy Breinich (937.658.6945) or Sidney Bocce League Commissioner Caven Risk (937.498.4725).