WHITESBORO — Curling lovers gathered once again Saturday for the 134th Men’s Mitchell International Invitational Bonspiel at the Utica Curling Club.

Roger Rowlett, president of the club, said people from all over the Northeast and parts of Canada participate.

“Bringing in 36 teams to come play in this event has a lot of historical significance,” said Rowlett.

Not too many events have a history of 134 years, let alone over 100 years in the same location.

Teams participating compete for four days in four total games spreading out from Thursday, January 10 to Sunday, January 13.

A medal that was originally donated in 1884, and is also known as one of the oldest medals in all of sports, is awarded to the champions of the bonspiel bracket.

“You get your name on it if you win,” said Rowlett of the medal.

“It’s a pretty big deal. If you ever win it, you look for your name on it every time we bring it out.”

The entry fee for participants for all for days was $420.00, extra meal packages for a fifth man were $100.00 and guests were charged $90.00.

Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner were also provided each day for participants and guests.