Open and area residents who are looking to burn off some steam and perhaps, a bit of Christmas dinner, will be able to do just that at the first annual beach volleyball tournament, being held at the Crossroads Centre on Dec. 28 and Dec. 29.

The tournament will involve two days of action, with games being played on two courts. The tournament, sponsored by the Big Country Agricultural Society, has been organized as a way for people to get out for some fun over Christmas break.

"This is something for the younger people for the Christmas break and for anybody who wants to put a team together," said Tim Kolkman, an organizer of the event and a director of the Ag. Society. "This is a great way for people to get out of the house over the holidays."

As of last week, eight teams had entered the tournament, with players of all ages planning to participate. Kolkman expected that number to increase as folks arrive home for the holidays.

For the Ag. Society, it is also a community event that is not agriculture-related for the Crossroads Centre.

"We're trying to get more people out to the Ag. Building. We have quite a few ag things going on, but want people to know that the Ag. Society is not just about agriculture, but about the whole community," he said.

Organizers plan on using heaters to warm up the building and will work up the dirt floor in the playing area. The bar will be open both days and there will be cash prizes.

The first annual beach volleyball tournament will take place at the Crossroads Centre on Fri., Dec. 28 and Sat., Dec. 29.

To register a team for the tournament ($100 per team), contact Kolkman at 403-664-0785 or email at

Spectators are also welcome to come out and cheer on their favourite team.

"We are not charging people to come through the door, so they can come and watch," said Kolkman.

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