Closest to button contest offered to local curlers

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Five local clubs have been selected to partake in the Capital One Junior Draw to the Button competition, including curling clubs from Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Taylor, Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd.

The contest is open to all junior curlers from the five selected clubs that meet the required eligibility, and tests participants’ skills of drawing to the button. The competition will involve quarter-finals, semi-finals and of course, finals, with competitors receiving the opportunity to throw on an international ice surface as well as gain some national television coverage. There are also a ton of great prizes to be won.

The junior curler who is the winner of the Capital One Junior Draw to the Button will receive a trophy, as well as $1,000. As well, the curling club represented by the winner will receive a $10,000 Curling Club "Capital Improvement" Donation from Capital One.

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The event, which was first introduced last year and was hailed as a huge success, will take place Saturday, Jan. 28 prior to the men’s quarter final event. Club members are encouraged to attend and cheer on their fellow members through the use of signs, horns and of course, high volume cheering.

The Grand Slam event will also feature another contest for local curlers, called the Capital One Million Dollar Contest. On Sunday, Jan.29, prior to the men’s finals, six lucky contestants will have a chance to throw one rock for a chance to win one million dollars.

The contestant closest to the button will win a trip for two to Summerside, PEI, where they will compete in the Semi-final of the Capital One Million Dollar Button Contest, taking place on Apr. 21, 2012. Prizes also include three night’s accommodations, $500 in spending money and two tickets to the weekend draws at the Go Car and Home Player’s Championship.

The participant that makes it all the way to the finals can either go for it all unassisted in an attempt to win one million dollars, or they can enlist the assistance of two professional sweepers, as well as a skip, to aid in their chance to win $100,000.

For full contest details, rules, regulations and entry forms, visit the contest's official website.

The National, being played at the EnCana Events Centre, is one of the four men's majors that highlight the World Curling Tour season. Players will be battling for the all important Canadian Team Ranking System points available at the event.

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