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May 11, 2015

Competitive Fort Ontario Croquet Cup will be awarded May 24 -

Fort Ontario Hosts Croquet Weekend May 23 - 24

OSWEGO - Fort Ontario will host its first ever croquet-themed weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24. The event will be held inside the old stone fort from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday May 23, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. All ages are welcome.

"Croquet is a golf-like sport that is typically played with six players, each getting their own mallet and color coded ball," said Mitch Maniccia, Oswego County AmeriCorps member who is serving at Fort Ontario. "The United States was caught up in a croquet-fueled frenzy in the 19th century, especially during Fort Ontario's interpretive period of the late 1860's, and the sport quickly became the hottest craze in America and Great Britain. Although played casually today, croquet was an intense cutthroat sport that brought out the fiercest competitive nature of anyone who played."

Saturday, May 23, will be an "open play" day, allowing visitors to choose from any of the eight courses within the old stone fort. After a hard fought game of croquet, players can treat themselves to lemonade and ice cream, served by the Friends of Fort Ontario.

Sunday, May 24, will introduce the competitive tournament for the Fort Ontario Croquet Cup. Since space for the tournament is limited, there will only be 48 spots given to those who pre-register. The tournament will open at 11a.m. with six players on each of the eight courses. The winner of each course will play for the championship on the parade ground course starting at 2 p.m.

Normal fort admission will be charged for both days: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and free admission for active military and children age 12 and under. For questions, or to pre-register for the tournament call (315)-343-4711, or visit online at www.fortontario.comFollow Fort Ontario on Facebook for updates at https://www.facebook.com/FortOntario.

Croquet Challenge at Fort Ontario - Anthony Dimura, Oswego County BOCES, Mitch Maniccia, Oswego County AmeriCorps at Fort Ontario, Mary Katherine Clerkin, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, and Cianne Moody, Oswego County BOCES, test the croquet course at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. The fort will host a croquet weekend May 23 and 24.

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