This was the first official year of the “Rutabaga Curl” as only rutabagas were allowed. We decided to call our sport “Rutabaga Curling” as it was inspired by talk of curling. Although our sport bears little resemblance to actual curling it was a catchy name and gave people a reason to notice our sport and do a double take.
A local Ithacan, Ricardo Macareno, dominated our first games. We had perhaps 30 athletes compete that year. Play was divided into 3 rounds, with all participants allowed to throw in all rounds. The best 3 throws from each round made it into the finals. At this point in our history we were not prepared to keep records, so history has forgotten who placed second or third that day. Plus this was just end of the season entertainment for us all…why would we need to keep records? What we do remember from this year however is how Ricardo Macareno seemed to get his Rutabaga close to the target on each toss. When the pressure was greatest in the final round he was able to come within inches of the target…in retrospect he may be the best curler our sport has ever seen although he has never returned to defend his title. When asked about his command over his rutabaga he did mention that back in his home country he played a sport similar to this; what could this have been?