The annual Pétanque America Open (updated to Pétanque Amelia Island Open in 2017) has been going strong here since its inception in 2009. In fact, it grows with each passing year.
If you’re not familiar with Pétanque, don’t feel out of step. It’s not exactly a rival to football, baseball, or hockey as team sport popularity goes. That being said, its not exactly unheard of, either.
What is Pétanque?
Pétanque, pronounced “pay-tonk,” is the French word for “bowling,” which tells you a bit about the game. The game originated in Provence, France during the early 1900’s.
Pétanque is similar to both horseshoes and the Italian bowling game of bocce. Teams or players compete by tossing hollow metal balls, known as boules, as close as they can to a small target ball, called the jack.
This classic French game is a great pastime for almost everyone because it is so easy to learn and play. People of all ages and skill levels can play. The game is simple, relaxing, and fun. An excellent island pastime and a perfect way to make new friends!
Pétanque America Open 2018
November 9th through the 11th, 2018 – 10am to 7pm
Amelia Island Harbor Front
1 S Front Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
This truly international event sees players from all around the world come to compete. Past tournaments have attracted players from 29 different countries. Amelia Island’s annual Pétanque Amelia Island Open typically draws upwards of 200 teams.
The event is held alongside the Amelia Island harbor front and historic district. This location provides a nice opportunity for a bit of shopping, dining, or site seeing, as well watching or competing in the Open.
The Pétanque America Open also includes live entertainment and vendor booths set up along the riverfront. Vendors will offer food, drink, and more. Those with a thirst will want to locate the “Boules Bar” among the vendors.
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