18th Annual Rutabaga Curling World Championship
Ithaca, New York. Saturday December 19, 2015 - NOON


18th Annual
at high noon
Saturday December 19th, 2015
at the Ithaca Farmers Market Pavilion


10 a.m. -- Ithaca Farmers Market opens for business and registration starts.
11:30 a.m. -- Registration ends and the Torchbearer and Rutabaga Goddess approach the dais, leading the ceremonial parade of the athletes.
12:00 noon -- Games start with the Turnip Toss, Proceed into the three heats of the Rutabaga Curl.
1:00 p.m. -- Break to determine which Curlers will place into final heat.
1:10 Final Heat.
1:30 -- Awards Ceremony, and crowning of the champions.
2 p.m. -- Farmers market closes at Steamboat Landing for the season.

The Vociferous Cruciferous Choir will once again be performing Handel's "Rutabaga Chorus" this year. We are looking for volunteer singers and instrumentalists to join the Choir. If you can carry a tune or a rutabaga, there's a place for you! Contact Tad Brennan (tad.brennan@cornell.edu)for details.

Enjoy the fabulous melody of The Rutabaga Curl by Joe Crookston, as well as the beautious music of The Rutabaga Chorus!!!

The sport of Rutabaga Curling was born on a cold December 1996 Market day, the last market day of the season. The few vendors present (perhaps 25 or so this time of year and point in our history) huddled together for warmth and camraderie waiting for an occasional customer. Talk at some point in the day turned to unusual winter sports. Curling of course came up in conversation. None of us knew the rules; but before we knew it vendors' wares were being "hurled" or "curled" down the market's wooden floor. Potatoes, cinnamon rolls, cabbages, loaves of bread, and even frozen chickens were fair game in this impromptu outburst. There were no particular rules this day; we were going for style, distance, and laughs. But one of the vendors, Steve Sierigk (a middle-aged notecard vendor with a sly smile) and currently the self-proclaimed "Most Esteemed Grand Commissioner of the International Rutabaga Curl", saw potential in the innocent play.

The next market season Commissioner Steve codified rules and designed a court of play using market's wooden floor. In 1997 an early form of our sport was born which allowed contestants to throw most any projectile available at market, although rutabagas were supplied. Commissioner Steve astutely recognized the inequities of this first year of organized sport; to level the playing field the Commissioner declared "any projectile besides a rutabaga illegal". Hence the first official Rutabaga Curl was held in 1998.

2014 Archive

#1 Dr. Todd Stein, Ithaca, NY
#2 Jeremy Betterly, Sterling, MA
#3 Kevin Luke, Cornell

Congratulations, you three!

2013 Archive: Dec 21

It is with great pride -- and a little bit of jealousy, let's be honest -- that we announce the winners of our 2013 Rutabaga Curl:

1st Place: Matt Christian! (Only 50 inches from the target!)
2nd Place: Tom McCulloch (nice jacket!)
3rd Place: Thomas Carter Nicholson (one of the Nicholson Dynasty, a famed rutabaga power family)


A separate Turnip Toss is held for athletes 8 years and younger. Many young people are attracted to our sport but are unable to handle the demands of the heftier Rutabaga. The Turnip Toss offers a smaller more delicate projectile, the throwing distance is significantly shorter than the 79 foot Rutabaga Curling distance; pitching distance is a function of contestants age.

A T-Shirt Design will be available the day of the Curl. Stay tuned for details.


We hope to see you at this truly historic event!

Any questions please contact Commissioner Peter (see contact page).

We look foward to seeing you at the Curl!


















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