Founded in 1945, the Midwest Curling Association (MCA) is a regional association of the United States Curling Association (USCA). In 1964, the association was dissolved and the Illinois Curling Association (ICA) was born. In 2014, the ICA began to grow and support clubs outside the state. Therefore, in 2018, the ICA reverted back to the name, Midwest Curling Association.
The MCA is comprised of clubs in the states of Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.
Currently, there are 9 clubs within the regional association.
The MCA hosts three events each year for their member clubs
Due to COVID-19, the Prairie State Challenge has been canceled. However, the MCA is excited to host the remaining two events in the second half of the 2020-2021 season:
75th Dar Curtis BonspielExmoor Country Club700 Vine Ave., Highland Park, IL, 60035
What: The Dar Curtis began in 1947 and allows newer curlers the chance to compete with their peers and try out their own strategies in a fun, club-based environment. Pins
What: The Dar Curtis began in 1947 and allows newer curlers the chance to compete with their peers and try out their own strategies in a fun, club-based environment. Pins will be awarded to the winners and runners up of up to four events.
Who is eligible: Traditionally, competitors the event welcomes curlers who have participated in less than five full curling seasons. Players are usually leads, twos, or new vice skips. Longer-term curlers who are twos and leads may also compete. Both men and women are eligible to compete on men’s, women’s or mixed teams. No restrictions on the gender order of the teams. Ideally, all curlers would be from the same club.
When, Where, and Format: The 74th Annual Dar Curtis will be held on Saturday, February 15th, and Sunday, February 16th. The location of the four-event bonspiel will be released in the upcoming months. Limited to the first 16 teams who sign up.
Cost:No entry fee. Participants are responsible for their own food and beverage costs.
Bonspiel safety procedures based on current local and state guidelines will be released when registration opens, and continuously updated based on ongoing current recommendations.
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About the MCA
The Midwest Curling Association (originally the Illinois Curling Association) was founded in 1945 with the goal of organizing clubs in the midwest to participate in the wonderful sport of curling. Currently there are 9 clubs that make up part of the Midwest Curling Association. Our plan is to have more clubs join our association and help grow their player base.