GOSHEN — A little friendly banter could be heard among the shuffleboard players as they competed at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Tuesday afternoon.
For several hours, seven teams sent the black and yellow pucks back and forth on the court.
Curtis Nisley, of Goshen, decided to try his hand at the game with his shuffleboard partner Michael Gray, of Jimtown.
“I’ve played a few times, but that’s been since back in elementary school,” Nisley said. “We were standing here watching them set things up and decided to give it a try.”
Other players, including Jared Smith, had been waiting since the end of last year’s competition to make their return.
Smith, of Goshen, was a winner last year and said he returned this year not necessarily to make sure he held on to the title, but because it was fun.
And if he happened to win, that was OK too, he added.
“I’ve been playing for maybe six or seven years,” Smith said. “We play down in Florida during the winter.”
Several hours after the competition began, Smith and his shuffleboard partner Marion Yoder, of Goshen, were still in the running.
But in the last frame at the end of the match, their opposition scored and took the lead.
Clarence Graber, of Elkhart, and Ed Shrock, of Middlebury, were named the winners of Tuesday’s competition and received a prize of six “clover cash” bills to spend at the vendors.
Smith and Yoder placed second and received four clover cash bills.
Sent along by Bob Weber!! 2014 07 24.