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Croquet tournament & picnic a tradition in Warrensburg

Competitors in the 2011 edition of the annual Sticky Wicket croquet 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 2013 edition of the Sticky Wicket Tournament is to be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Warren County Fish Hatchery off Hudson St. Extension in Warrensburg.

Competitors in the 2011 edition of the annual Sticky Wicket croquet 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 2013 edition of the Sticky Wicket Tournament is to be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Warren County Fish Hatchery off Hudson St. Extension in Warrensburg.

— Friendly competition with a historical flair as well as good food and socializing are in store at the 17th annual Sticky Wicket croquet tournament set for 11 a.m. Sunday Aug. 11 at the Warren County Fish Hatchery in Warrensburg.

Held as a fundraiser for the Warrensburgh Historical Society, the event 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 is to be held Saturday in conjunction with the Warren County Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair, with a half-dozen or so county supervisors competing for a second-annual championship among area politicians.

Last year, the spirited showdown made history, as it was the first of its kind among the municipal officials.

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.

Advance sign-ups are recommended for the three courses. Call Chambers at 623-3514 to register. Players will be matched against participants of similar skill level. There is a $5 fee to compete.

The free annual picnic begins at noon, and extends until about 2 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish, but it is not a requirement. The Society provides grilled chicken and beverages.

The Sticky Wicket tourney is considered an entertaining event for both participants and spectators. Those participating are welcome to dress in historic garb if they wish.

The event is held rain or shine, as there’s plenty of room for socializing in the large pavilion at the hatchery, located at the end of Echo lake Road off Hudson St. Extension in Warrensburg.

All donations are to benefit the work of the Warrensburgh Historical Society, which works to preserve, and increase awareness of, the town’s rich history. It publishes a Quarterly newsletter and operates the Museum of Local History for the Town of Warrensburg.

For details, call 623-2207 or see: www.whs12885.org

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