Wausau Curling Club welcomed 20 Scottish curlers for a friendly competitionSubmitted: 01/21/2017

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WAUSAU - Every five years, Americans and Scottish curling clubs travel to compete in a country wide tour. This year, the Royal Caledonian Scottish Curling Club was back in Wausau for the first time in quite a while.

It's actually been 40 years since the Scottish  competed in North-Central Wisconsin.

"Last time they were here in 1977, we were curling in the barn over at Marathon park so quite different," said Wausau Curling's Steve O'Keefe.

The big trip took an entire year to plan. The Wausau club was excited to finally see the team arrive on Saturday.

"It's such a big deal that most of us were getting goosebumps when we heard the bus was about to pull up," said O'Keefe.

Wausau was just one of 29 stops the Scottish team will make throughout the states. And an interesting fact, curling was actually started in Scotland. For one of their curlers, Bill Arnot, he was born into the sport.

"In those days, a lot of farmers curled. My father curled, my grandfather. My father took me along to the curling rink just to watch him one night and I just got hooked. That was 40 years ago and I still love it," said Arnot.

The Scottish Curling Club decided to come back to Wausau to see the new facility. The friendly competition also added to the excitement.

"Until you actually come, you don't appreciate just how good it is. The fun, the hospitality, the comradery, the facilities you have here in the states are second to none. This facility here is just fantastic," said Arnot.

The points from each stop will be tallied at the last competition in Boston. That's where the Herries Maxwell Trophy will be given to the overall winners.

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