Local family to host Belfast Bananagrams Bonanza

By Ben Holbrook | Aug 14, 2012
Photo by: Ben Holbrook Belu Shomron, left, and Anara Shomron play a game of Bananagrams.

Belfast — One local family is looking to bring its passion for a fast-paced Scrabble-esque game to the city for a day of fun and competition.

The game is called Bananagrams and plays like a faster version of Scrabble.

Belfast resident Orya Shomron and his family began playing Bananagrams three years ago and they “immediately fell in love with it,” he said.

It is that passion for the game that gave the Shomron's the idea to host a Banagrams tournament at Belfast City Park to expose people to the game and create a fun and competitive atmosphere.

The Belfast Bananagrams Bonanza will offer players of all ages the chance to try the game out, while more serious and competitive players will have the opportunity to compete in a tournament to be crowned the Bananagrams champion.

The rules of the game are fairly simple. Players take a specific number of letter tiles –– depending on the number of players –– and begin the process of creating as many words as possible with those letters. Once a player uses all of their tiles, they say “peel” and each player is required to take one letter to add their collection.

If at any time a player can’t find a use for a letter, they are allowed to exchange it for three other letters.

Once there are fewer letters than players, whoever has used all of his/her letters –– and has correctly spelled all of their words –– is declared the winner.

“The tournament will be process of elimination. One winner will come out of it,” Shomron said.

Besides the ability to sate participants’ competitive streak, Shomron said, the game is a good way to meet people, because you can still talk to each other while you play. Shomron’s daughters Belu and Anara said they enjoy the game because it moves along so quickly and gives them the opportunity to hone their vocabulary skills.

“I like that you keep getting peels and peels and peels, and then you win,” Anara said.

Belu said one thing she likes is making up words and then laughing at the end of the game when she finds out the word doesn’t exist.

The Belfast Bananagrams Bonanza will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at Belfast City Park from noon to 5 p.m. and the tournament is scheduled to take place between 2 and 4 p.m. There will be an $8 entrance fee to participate in the tournament.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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