On Sunday, July 16, the Edmonds Petanque Club welcomed 52 competitors to the 9th Annual Bastille Day Petanque Tournament at the new Edmonds Civic Park. This was the first large-scale event the club has held in the new Petanque Grove, and the facility proved outstanding.

With help from temporary wooden boundaries and taut yellow string lines, the club fashioned seven new courts in addition to the six standard courts to host the sold-out, all-day event. After four rounds of play, club member Tu Huang emerged as the champion for the day with 37 points. John Hunt took second with 33 points, and La Singkeo finished third with 22 points. In the shooting contest that concluded the day’s competition, Tu and La tied for first place and shared the top prize.

The new park facilities offer an extraordinary venue for such an event, and guests from Port Townsend, Sunriver, Portland, and even Paris were impressed. At the lunch break, French cafe music was provided by accordionist Bonnie Birch, who created a wonderful ambiance under the new yellow shade pavilion. The Edmonds Petanque Club sends thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible.

52 players showed up to play at Bastille Day 2023
All were in good hands with Bill Laprade and Nancy Rockwell at the registration desk
La accepts his third place medal with pride
Jean Marc Fosseux, visiting from Paris, liked what he saw of petanque in Edmonds
Lunch provided a nice break from the heat of the day and the competition
Bonnie’s accordion music set a festive tone
Michelle and Bob couldn’t help but dance
Then after lunch, Ann and Casey were back out on the courts for more petanque