Mar 13, 2013 8:52 AM by Kristen Holloway
Petanque takes over Girard Park in Lafayette this Saturday. This highly competitive international game is a distant relative of horseshoes, and a first cousin of Bocce. It's game you can easily pick up that's rich in culture. Lafayette's annual Petanque Tournament is now in its fifth year.
La Boule Cadienne De Lafayette, a local Petanque Club is hosting the competition, that goes all weekend long.
The events start Friday with a first time soiree at 6:30 p.m. During the soiree, there will be cajun story-telling and poems and it's free to the public. Saturday the day begins with a children's tournaments at 1:30p.m. followed by cajun music and food events that night. Lastly Sunday is the adult Petanque tournament which stars at 9:30a.m. and goes till sundown.
For those first timers, when playing the game, the goal is to throw three metal balls as close to a small wooden ball as possible.
The game is played by teams of two, with three metal balls the size of baseballs. After the children's tournament Saturday, President Joey Durel will present certificates to winners. Also Bernard Champey, former Petanque World Champion will present trophies to adults on Sunday.
"Maybe your first time, its a game you can pick up real easily, you might have a chance to play against somebody who's really well. You might lose but you never know if you might win cause there's a lot of strategy that doesn't really work," said Petanque Captain Mike LeBlanc.
To participate in the competition, all you have to do is show up at Girard Park. It's $5 for kids and $15 for adults.