Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

And the winner of the guessing game is…Lisa!

I guess we were a little off in that I was picturing (and had led you all to picture) something for each of us. But it was indeed a crokinole board – just one – with a set of coloured buttons for us each to play together.

Did you know that crokinole is a Canadian invention? It’s now played in international competitions but I would guess that it’s really just in Ontario where you will find a majority of people who have even heard of it. (If you’ve never heard of it – it’s kind of like shuffleboard and curling and darts rolled into one, where you slide the little wood pieces across the board with a flicking motion and try to score in the rings.) You can read more about its cool history (invented in Perth County!) on the Crokinole Wikipedia Page.

We had a board as a kid and played some, but this new board is a step above. It was handmade by Jeremy Tracy of Crokinole Game Boards in Elmira and it is just gorgeous. And oh, that sliding action! PERFECTION.

We’ve played hours already. Definitely a fantastic gift.

For the record: Little Miss won our personal family guessing game by guessing Croquet Set, which we felt was the closest. Other guesses included customized colour-coded Jenga set (Sir Monkeypants), tennis raquets (me), canoes (WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH FIVE CANOES, GAL SMILEY), and child-sized rocking chairs (again, WHAT THE HECK, Captain Jelly Belly).

4 thoughts on “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

  1. Mark Davis

    My principal memory of crokinole is a sore index finger (on the fingernail side) from hitting the edge of the playing surface instead of the playing piece.

    Definitely brings back memories though! I guess we used to have a board as kids, but I have no idea what happened to it.

  2. KristaR

    What a great gift! A crokinole board was always pulled out at family gatherings with my cousins in small town southern Ontario. I haven’t played since I was a kid.

  3. smothermother

    amazing! we love crokinole. we have the shittiest of boards though. hmmm, maybe it will be this year’s family game gift under the christmas tree.

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