ITHACA, N.Y. – If you call yourself a true Ithacan you just can’t miss this community event. Celebrate the beginning of winter and the bountiful harvest we had this growing season by hurling some root vegetables!
The 21st annual Rutabaga Curl will be held at the Ithaca Farmers Market pavilion at Steamboat Landing on the last outdoor Saturday market, December 22, 2018. The registration table will open at 10:30 a.m. and will close at 11:45 a.m. Games will open with the annual Turnip Toss for younger contestants and The Curl follows immediately after at 12:30pm, where more than 100 athletes are expected to play. Community members are encouraged to sign up to be part of the competition or to sit back and enjoy the show, there’s a lot going on!
Bring the whole family to this wild, wacky, ridiculous participatory theater event. The MCs keep things moving and keep the crowds entertained, the referees tightly control the hilarious competition and protesters, a chorus, instrumentalists, camera/radio crews and more add to the ambiance. You will learn more rutabaga lore than you ever knew existed.
The torch generally arrives at high noon after an arduous journey from Mt. Cruciferous. This is followed by a Parade of the Athletes, led by the Rutabaga Gods and Goddesses and full of people and creatures dressed in whatever costumes they please. After a few brief ceremonies we get right into the games themselves. We are expecting another performance of the “Rutabaga Chorus” from the Vociferous Cruciferous crew.
The GAMES BEGIN with a ceremonial toss by local celebrity Mayor Svante Myrick. Playing is EASY! Athletes stay behind the start line and toss their numbered vegetable down a long chute, which opens into a bullseye target area. At the end of each heat, the vegetables closest to the center of the bulls-eye advance to the championship round. Top 3 players get awards! Come alone or bring a team.
Come to the Curl! Dress up, dress warm, throw a ‘baga! You might even win! Sat, Dec. 22 – get there around noon. Athlete sign-ups start around 10:30.
Learn more about the event at Visit Ithaca.
Questions? Call the IFM office phone at 607-273-7109 or join our Facebook event.
Featured image: The 2017 Rutabaga Torch arrives. (Provided photo/Alison Usavage)