Humboldt getting ready to host 2019 Provincial Scotties

By Mat Barrett/ CJVR
November 6, 2018 - 5:06pm

A major curling tournament is coming to the region once again. The Viterra Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts will take place in January at the Humboldt Curling Club.

It's the second time in as many years that a local community hosted the event with Melfort hosting in 2018. Prince Albert’s Sherry Anderson won that tournament, punching her ticket to the National Scotties.

Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee, Joy Butler said bringing the event to Humboldt is a great idea.

"Humboldt is a tremendous curling community," Butler said. "We always get a ton of support for big events like provincials, so it made sense for us to host, and it made sense for CurlSask to ask us, so we're just excited to host another big event."

She said the event can really help local curling.

"Any of the money raised from events like this always go right back into the curling community and allow us to offer different programs and different leagues and everything else for everyone wanting to get out curling or even learn the sport curling," Butler said.

The event was last held in Humboldt seven years ago, and Butler said they will use that experience to help them put on the 2019 version, along with some help from last year’s tournament in Melfort.

"[Melfort's Committee] brought us a great report on what worked and what didn't for them last year," Butler said. "Their event was in the arena, ours is in the curling rink, so there's a little bit of a difference there. We also hosted in 2012, so relatively recently, and we learned a lot of things from that event, so we will be doing whatever we can to make it the best event we can for both the players and the spectators."

Prince Albert held the event in 2016, while Tisdale played host in 2014. This year’s national tournament will be held in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Event passes are now on sale, and Butler said a call for volunteers will be made soon.

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