The Grange Open Class State Dart Ball Tournament, hosted by the Grange organizations of Seneca County, is Saturday at Seneca County Opportunity Center.
York Grange 2109 secretary/treasurer Richard Hughes said the event includes Grange teams from around Ohio. Each year, he said, Grange groups from one county host the event, and this year is Seneca County's turn.
There are three Grange groups in Seneca County, said treasurer Sam Waugaman, and groups from as far away as Knox County are to participate in the tournament. Seven teams now are signed up, he said.
Waugaman said teams have seven to nine players, and players range from pre-teen to more than 90 years old.
As captain of his Grange dartball team, Hughes said the priority of the event is to "have fun," and associate with others. No alcohol is permitted during the tournament, he said.
Waugaman said food and refreshments are to be available for a "small fee."
The tournament is to take place in the gymnasium at the Opportunity Center in Tiffin, and begins at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 for visitors.
Hughes said the group chose to host the tournament at the Opportunity Center because the gymnasium there allows enough space for the dart ball boards, and because the Opportunity Center honors Grange's status as a nonprofit organization.
The tournament, Hughes said, will be played as a round-robin event, with each team having the opportunity to play all other teams. Individual dartball games played during the tournament, Hughes said, will consist of seven innings.
A practice, or novelty, board also is to be set up during the event, Hughes said, to allow spectators to try dartball. Participants will pay per number of dart throws, and money raised will be used by Grange to help defray tournament expenses.