Curlers celebrate sport history on outdoor rink

By KBJR News 1

February 15, 2014 Updated Feb 15, 2014 at 10:09 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNow.com) --- Many of us have been watching the Duluth Curling team compete in the Olympic games, but Saturday, amateurs were given a chance to try the sport outdoors.

The origins of curling date back to the early 16th century, when the game was played on frozen lakes and ponds in Scotland.

The superior curling club held an outdoor open house at Barkers Island on Saturday.

Curling instructors and club members were on hand to explain the game and teach technique.

The Olympics have helped to bring excitement and new faces to the sport but today's event was held to honor its history.

Some people came from as far as Nebraska.

"We play inside and the ice is all manicured, and the temperature is controlled,” Irvin Mosberger, President of the Superior Curling club said. “Here there's cracks in the ice, the rocks kind of go in crazy directions, but that kind of adds to the fun. It's almost like a new game."

On Sunday, the Superior Curling club will host an indoor open house from 12-4.

The Two Harbors Curling Club is hosting the USA Curling Club National Championships this weekend.

Twenty teams from across the U.S. are taking part.