ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS - Conkers? Has anyone really heard of conkers? New to many Nova Scotians, but an old tradition for anyone of British heritage, conkers has been making a re-appearance in Annapolis Royal in recent years.
It’s back on Oct. 14 with the 6th annual North American Conkers Championship.
The game of conkers involves, quite simply, a chestnut on a string. Well, two actually, as each person in the duel requires the same armament. The objective – to break your opponent’s conker. “It sounds simple, but it is actually quite difficult and makes for great fun for participants and spectators alike,” said Trish Fry, manager of Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens where the always-anticipated event is held. “To quote the Annapolis Royal organizers, conkers is ‘A game of kings and school boys - This centuries-old form of sporting battle is about to re-emerge.’”
The North American Conkers Championship will be held “centre-courtyard” at the Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 14 during the first Winter Market of the season. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. as participants vie for the coveted Crofton Chalice.
No experience is necessary. Competitive rounds for age 8 to 108 and a practice area is available for younger kids and any adults who want to try their hand in a non-competitive environment.
Following the championship, plan to stay for more fun and games in the Gardens!
“Join us in Annapolis Royal for this unique day of events,” said Fry. Visit https://annapolisconkers.wordpress.com