About

Minnesota Kubb started with a simple idea – to support the growth of kubb in Minnesota on all levels: beginner, recreational, and competitive. What started in a backyard has turned into the largest winter tournament in the world. Kubb unites people and creates peace on earth.

History

2010 – Minnesota Kubb was formed in response to a growing demand for winter kubb event in Minneapolis. Growing rapidly in popularity throughout the midwest, larger summer kubb events were becoming prevalent. A growing need was evident to bridge the gap between the fall tournaments and the first spring events the following year. 8 teams braved the cold as Minnesota Kubb organized the first charitable winter tournament in the midwest.

2011 – Committed to supporting kubb play during the traditional (and very long) off-season, Minnesota Kubb organized free Open Kubb events to encourage outdoor winter recreation. In February, 16 teams participated in newly titled Minnesota Kubb Winter Tournament. Despite record snowfalls, mild weather in the weeks preceding the tournament forced the event off Lakes of the Isles. Linden Hills park provided an adequate ┬ásubstitute venue with event proceeds going farmertofarmer.org. A partnership with the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation was formed – making the Minnesota Kubb Winter Tournament an official event at the City of Lakes Loppet.

2012 – The first Minnesota Kubb Meetups were held connecting kubb players with one another from around the Twin Cities Metro Area. Kubb is introduced as part of Ibsenfest in Lanesboro, MN. Weekly kubb meetups were held year-round as more players and teams trained for tournaments. The first Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament was held at Theodore Wirth Park. 32 teams participated.

2013 – The second Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament featured a remarkable 52 teams from four states, making it the largest winter tournament in the world. The first Minnesota Kubb Tri-Loppet Festival Tournament was held in June. New partnerships were formed with the American Swedish Institute and the Marquette Plaza, bringing events to new places in Minneapolis.

2014 – The third Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament grew to 64 teams from five states totaling 230 participants playing on Lake Calhoun. Our expansion continues into the summer as we host the 2nd annual Minnesota Kubb Open in downtown Minneapolis, the inaugural American Swedish Institute Tournament on the historic ASI grounds, and we hit the streets to play kubb with Lyndale Open Streets. Two members of Minnesota Kubb participated in the 2014 Kubb World Championships in Sweden taking home silver.

2015 – Mild weather pushed the Minnesota Kubb Loppet Tournament to Theodore Wirth park, but that didn’t stop 64 teams from playing a full day of kubb. 250 participants came from seven states to play. We transitioned to hosting only 3 player minimum tournaments starting with our 3rd annual Minnesota Kubb Open at Marquette Plaza.