Spring Grove is quickly becoming a Kubb Capital of Southeast Minnesota as the Giants of the Earth Heritage Center offers its second annual Syttende Mai Kubb Tournament.

Round robin play will be after opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. on the lower level of the Fest Grounds on Saturday, May 18.

Tournament play continues throughout the day while taking time out to be in the parade at 1:30 p.m.

Registration is $20 for students and $35 for adult teams, plus a Syttende Mai button for each participant. Teams may consist of 2 to 6 contestants. People of all ages are encouraged to compete. After the round robin flight, a championship bracket will be played for prizes and 2013 bragging rights.

This is the third Kubb tournament in Spring Grove with participation growing rapidly. Kubb is a 1,000-year-old Viking game played with wooden batons, pawns and king pieces.

Contestants attempt to knock over pawns from each side of a pitch. Each side begins with 6 batons to throw in alternating play. The game is finally won when players knock over the king pin with their last toss. Each match is played in best 2 out of 3 games with winners advancing in the tournament.

Often team members dress creatively to express their family or community traditions. Teams are encouraged to be creative in their naming and uniforms. Space is limited, as the tourney can handle only 16 teams total.

Get your team registered by calling Bill Fried at (507) 498-5611 or emailing bfried@springgrove.coop.