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Quoits?

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Badfish740, May 26, 2014.

  1. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    Just thought I'd share a Memorial Day tradition with everyone here. Horseshoes are a pretty commonplace picnic/BBQ game, but quoits are mostly confined to the Northeast:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quoits

    It's similar, but played with steel rings instead of steel horseshoes. Even more obscure still is the version of quoits played in around the greater Trenton area/Mercer County NJ:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quoits#Mercer_County.2C_New_Jersey

    "Trenton quoits" are larger in diameter with larger inner holes than traditional quoits. I've never really been able to figure out why or how Trenton quoits evolved from the more traditional version that is played in places like the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and elsewhere. My theory is that some local metalworkers (Trenton was a big manufacturing center at one time) somehow adapted traditional quoits for their own purposes. Why I have no idea, but growing up, no outdoor gathering in the summer was complete without the "clang" of quoits in the background. You can read up on the rules on the Wikipedia page, but this was the tournament clincher of this year's tournament (I won :)):

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    Any quoit players here-traditional or otherwise?

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    In Texas we had a lot more horse shoes available than quoits. ;lol
  3. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Isn't quoits a mineral in New Jersey? ;)
  4. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    New "Joisey" maybe... ;lol
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    LOL ;lol 'xctly!
  6. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    Warm_in_NH and firefighterjake like this.
  7. bobdog2o02

    bobdog2o02 Minister of Fire

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    I have played quoits since childhood. I throw a mean quoit but can't throw a horseshoe to save my life.
  8. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    horseshoes are prevalent in the south, but I find the idea of quoits intriguing. may have to cut out a set on the high def plasma to take to the beach next week.

    as for home , our preferred yard game is Bocci
  9. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    You know, I've heard of quoits a zillion times, and never had any idea what the game was about, how it was played, or just what a "quoit" was. Thanks!
  10. firebroad

    firebroad Minister of Fire

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    Okay, I just got it...;lol

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