Belgian-American Days

Belgian-American Days

August
Ghent, Minnesota, named after the famous city in Belgium, is the state's only predominantly Belgian community. The annual Belgian-American Days celebration gives the descendants of Ghent's original Belgian settlers an opportunity to compete in the traditional Belgian sport of rolle bolle, which is similar to lawn bowling or Italian bocci. The game is played on bare ground or grass, with stakes set 30 feet apart. The eight-pound disc called a bolle is rolled from one stake to the other. The bolle that lands closest to the stake scores. Teams usually consist of three players, and the first team to score eight points wins the game. As many as 300 bollers participate in the championship round held during the event.
Although rolle bolle is the biggest attraction, the festival also features a softball tournament, parades, a firemen's dinner, and a street dance.
CONTACTS:
Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce
317 W Main St.
Marshall, MN 56258
507-532-4484; fax: 507-532-4485
www.marshall-mn.org
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