Now accepting registrations for the 59th Annual Jam Pail Bonspiel

Medicine Hat – Medicine Hat’s longest running sporting event, the Jam Pail Bonspiel, will take place this year on February 21 and 22 at the Kinplex. Registration is now open.

Each year, the ice at the Kinplex is converted into 13 curling rinks and welcomes students from Grades 3 to 6 from all over the city. The bonspiel was originally created to provide students with an activity during Teacher’s Convention that focused on participation, sport, and fun. For many, it is their first introduction to the concept of curling.

“We are excited to be back at the rink for this family-friendly event,” says Mark Risdon, recreation program coordinator, City of Medicine Hat. “We consistently see over 300 students participate in the event and encourage families and friends to come out and cheer their student(s) on in a friendly-competition.”

Event dates:

  • Grades 3 & 4 - Wednesday, February 21, 2024
  • Grades 5 & 6 and Open/Family - Thursday, February 22, 2024

The event typically begins around 5 p.m. on both days however, depending on the number of teams that register, the event may begin earlier to accommodate all the games. Each team is guaranteed three games.

Did you know? In the early years, tin pails used for storing jam were filled with water and frozen and used as curling rocks? That’s how the Jam Pail Bonspiel got its name!

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