Legion to host annual cribbage tourney

Many players will be getting their hands ready for this weekend’s annual Command Cribbage tournament at the Hay River Legion.

Seventeen teams from around Alberta and the North will be attending the annual event from Feb. 10 to 12. It will be the first major event since the new Hay River executive was elected last November. 

“It usually gets rotated between the districts and this year it’s our turn,” said Legion president Chris Jesche. 

During the tournament, two teams from each district will potentially earn the chance to advance to the command level tournament, and then the National Dominion level tournament. Jesche said legions across Canada used to schedule more events but have cut back over the past decade.

“It’s just an event where people can get together and participate in sportsmanship,” said Jesche. “Legions are big into the sports they promote and they used to do a lot more, but we still try.”

The top two teams from each district will advance to the command level tournament, which will be held in either the North or Northern Alberta.

Along with the tournament, there will be cash prizes, a meat draw, karaoke, and breakfast and lunch sold daily. The legion will also be hosting the Lee Mandeville Band, to play both Friday and Saturday nights at 10 p.m.

For more information contact the Hay River Legion.