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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Forget the summer heat, there is a sporting way to cool down.
About 100 curlers are in town this weekend for the 9th annual Kansas City Barbecue Bonspiel.
Twenty-six teams from across the country and Canada have been on the ice since Friday, gliding 40-pound rocks down the ice aiming for a target.
Kansas city curler Dan White says it is an easy sport to learn, but difficult to master.
"Because this is a shared facility, there is skating and hockey going on. You can have variations in the ice. Whatever sheet you are playing on, the first couple shots you are trying to get a feel of the ice is drifting or if it is staying true," White said.
The tournament has several skill levels, so players of all abilities have a chance to compete.
"We all want to put up our mettle against other curling clubs and see how much we learned over our winter season and summer league," Kansas City Curling Club member Bill McBride said.
The Kansas City Curling Club works year round to promote the sport they say anyone can play.
"You don't have to be super strong or super fast. It is all about finesse. You have to have a good sense of balance, good keen observation skills," McBride said.
Curler Tracey Taylor, originally from Canada, says spending some time on ice is a no-brainier on a hot weekend.
"You get to have a good time, meet lots of new people from all over and get some exercise all at the same time," Taylor said. "It is a great relief from the heat to come inside. Actually, yesterday when we went outside the heat actually felt nice for a change."
Click here for more information about the Kansas City Curling Club and how to learn more about the sport of curling.
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