2017 Big Lobster Tournament a must in Croquet Community

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (WABI) - Competitors took to courts on MDI Thursday in a tournament that draws people from across the country.

We made our way to Southwest Harbor to learn more about this one of a kind croquet contest.... the 2017 Big Lobster Tournament.

"It's the only tournament in the United States that has nine wicket and six wicket together, so that's a pretty big deal," said competitor Randall McAndrews.

"This is our 11th biennial Big Lobster Tournament started by our old croquet master Larry Stettner 20 years ago," added Tournament Director Perry Mattson.

Larry passed away in May, so, they've dedicated the 2017 games to him.

"We miss a lot of the people who have just passed away," said Randall "They were a big part of this whole area bringing croquet to this area. Larry Stettner was one of them."

With 5 days of play, Big Lobster has become a must for people in the croquet community.

"Oh it's great," said Mattson, "They come every two years. Some come back to every Big Lobster."

"I've been doing it off and on for four or five years maybe," said competitor Tina Hinckley.

"They like coming to Maine this time of year," said Mattson, "And we call it the Big Lobster. We have a big lobster feed on Friday night for everybody, and it's a good time of year to come to Maine."

Whether playing the 9 or the 6 wicket, strategy is a big part of the game.

"When you come to the end of the game, each person gets one turn," explained Randall. I made one wicket and then my job was to bury the opponents."

Regardless of the difficulty of the shot you are left with...It's a shot that anyone can take.

"It's a great game for people of all ages," said Mattson, "Men and women. You can play it well into your years too."