The Belfast Curling Club hosted 96 curlers from Canada, New England, the Mid-Atlantic States, Illinois and Texas Nov. 7-10 for its fourth annual Maine-iac "Spiel," a four-day, competitive event.

Throughout the event, the state was celebrated in vibrant fashion as Maine sponsors provided the visiting competitors with a taste of fresh food from the sea and local farms; locally-crafted beverages; entertainment from local musicians; and for finalists, an array of prizes representing the distinctive artisans and businesses in Maine.

2010 Maine-iac champs Rich Collier, Dan Naylor, Don Wade and Todd Hebert from Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland, Mass. returned with the intention of bringing the bronze lobster traveling trophy back to the states after it spent two consecutive years in Lennoxville, Quebec.

The team of Mike Steeves, Helen MacDonald, George Mitchell and Eleanor Murray from Capital Winter Curling Club in Fredericton, New Brunswick did not make it easy, however, forcing an extra end of play in the first event finals before the Broomstones prevailed.

Upcoming opportunities for the public to view a live competitive curling event at the club between a variety of teams from around the U.S. and Canada will be the Pinetree Women’s Bonspiel Friday through Sunday, Jan. 17-19 and the Men’s Little International Bonspiel Friday through Sunday, Feb. 14-16.