The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and Boccemon in Bellingham will host the 13th annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 18 at the Bellingham Sportsplex.
The tournament will feature 32 teams sponsored by businesses from around the state rolling balls in a battle for the championship.
The free event also includes a beer garden sponsored by Boundary Bay Brewery, a salmon barbecue lunch, local food trucks, live music and entertainment by Western Washington University’s Hip Hop team, raffles for more than $2,000 in prizes and gift certificates, and a kids’ area with games.
All proceeds from the event go to the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center for its mission to “provide and promote constructive and collaborative approaches to conflict through mediation, training, facilitation and community education.”
Last year the tournament raised more than $10,000.
The Bellingham Sportsplex is at 1225 Civic Field Way in Bellingham.
Here’s a timeline for the event from Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s press release:
9:30 a.m. – Doors open
10 a.m. – The round robin tournament begins – each team plays three games
12 p.m. – A $10 Salmon BBQ lunch begins
1 p.m. – The single elimination tournament begins
3 p.m. – Championship match
Learn more at www.whatcomdrc.org/bhambayboccetournament/.