Registration for the Prairie Days annual Charity Mushball Tournament has opened as the event will return for its third year at Longmire Park in Yelm on June 25.
The tournament winners can choose which nonprofit receives the money raised at the event. Since its inception, the tournament has raised nearly $1,500 for nonprofits.
But what is mushball?
“Mushball is very much like softball, most of the rules are the same,” Line Roy, Yelm’s communications and recreation coordinator, said. “The only difference is the softball is a little bit bigger and softer.”
Roy said that while the pros at the mushball tournament tend to play barehanded, she recommends people wear gloves.
Originally established to bring some more offerings to the Prairie Days celebration, mushball has become the perfect sports tournament for Yelm.
“Last year, there were eight teams,” Roy said. “Once we get people out there, they love it. It’s just convincing them that can be tough since they have never heard of mushball.”
The age range of those who decide to play is typically teenagers and above.
Roy said the event will feature food and a beer garden this year. A sports announcer will keep the momentum going. Nonprofits will also be invited to participate in the event.
“The whole theme of Prairie Days is a tribute to heroes, so we might have the nonprofits do a hero walk and recognize them for helping the community,” Roy said.
People can register their team for $75 online at lf.yelmwa.gov/Forms/MushballApp.
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