The 11th International Acadiana Petanque Tournament will be held in Girard Park this Saturday.
Play runs from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Co-organizers of the events are a local petanque club, La Boule Cadienne de Lafayette, and a French language and cultural non-profit organization, Alliance Française de Lafayette.
The tournament is the principal event of an 11-day petanque festival where the French game of petanque, also known as boules, will be celebrated in and around Lafayette. They started last week.
Petanque is played by rolling boules, which are iron balls, on special hard packed clay courts, grass, or other hard outdoor surfaces. All skill levels are invited to participate in the tournament, including first time players. Children from 7 to 14 are welcomed if paired with an adult team member. Equipment is provided to play, if necessary.
Adult registration is on Eventbrite.com for $25, and $15 for children under the age of 14, which includes a noon meal of chicken and sausage jambalaya, soft drinks and bottled water.
The tournament will begin with registration from 8:00 to 9:00 AM followed double games where teams of two players will play several selective rounds in the morning. Formal semi-finals will begin at 1:30 PM and the finals later in the afternoon. If registrants do not have another team partner, the organizers will try (but not guarantee) to pair with another person.
The award ceremonies will begin just before sundown.
Supporting organizations include Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission; Lafayette Consolidated Government – Parks and Recreation; Lafayette Consolidated Government – Lafayette International Center; CODOFIL – Council for Development of French in Louisiana; Obut – Premiere en Petanque; Cite des Arts; and Springscript Digital Marketing Boutique.
Additional participating petanque clubs include Thibodaux Louisiana Petanque community, as well as French Legation Boules Club and the Nelson Ranch Petanque Club, both clubs from Austin, Texas.
For more information, updates and registration, please visit petanquelafayette.org or Petanque Lafayette on Facebook.