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'Sticky Wicket' croquet tourney set for Aug. 12

Competitors in the 2011 edition of the annual Sticky Wicket tournament confer with Croquetmaster Delbert Chambers (left) to settle a question about a particular shot. Warrensburg Historical Society president Paul Gilchrist (right), keeps his distance from the arbitration. The 2012 edition of the Sticky Wicket Tournament is to be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Warren County Fish Hatchery off Hudson St. Extension in Warrensburg.

Competitors in the 2011 edition of the annual Sticky Wicket tournament confer with Croquetmaster Delbert Chambers (left) to settle a question about a particular shot. Warrensburg Historical Society president Paul Gilchrist (right), keeps his distance from the arbitration. The 2012 edition of the Sticky Wicket Tournament is to be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Warren County Fish Hatchery off Hudson St. Extension in Warrensburg. Barbara Whitford

— Despite a 30 percent chance of rain, perhaps followed by thunderstorms, the annual Sticky Wicket croquet tournament is to go ahead as planned for 11 a.m. Sunday Aub. 12 at the Warren County Fish Hatchery in Warrensburg.

The event features friendly competition with a historical flair as well as good food and socializing.

Organizers said that the large pavilion at the hatchery, located off Hudson St. Extension, offers shelter from any spontaneous rain showers.

The event, held as a fundraiser for the Warrensburgh Historical Society, features several society members in historical garb, and participants occasionally delving into genial debates over the rules, traditionally settled by Croquetmaster Delbert Chambers.

A preview of the event, held Saturday in conjunction with the Warren County Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair, earned a minor spot in local history. A first-ever croquet competition between county supervisors was held, and the showdown attracted a half-dozen of the politicians.

Sunday's Sticky Wicket event begins at 11 am, with sign-ups for the tournament as well as pre-game socializing. Players on three courses will vie for the coveted Sticky Wicket Trophy.

The free annual "bring-a-dish" picnic begins at 12:30 pm. The Society provides grilled chicken and beverages.

The Sticky Wicket tourney is considered an entertaining event for both participants and spectators. Attendees are welcome to dress in historic garb if they wish. Competitors may pre-register by contacting Delbert Chambers at 623-3514.

All donations are to benefit the work of the Warrensburgh Historical Society. For details, call 623-2207 or see: www.whs12885.org

Tickets for a raffle featuring two Old Town kayaks will be on sale at Sunday's competition. The winning ticket will be drawn Sunday at the conclusion of the event.

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