KNOXVILLE, TN - Knoxville Opera Guild will host the 11th annual Knoxville Croquet Tournament on Sunday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. on the grounds of the UT RecSports Field Complex across from Dead End BBQ on Sutherland Ave.

Participation is open to the public, and no experience is necessary to enjoy the event’s relaxed, easy-to-learn game of croquet. Participants can register to play solo or with a partner, or may choose to simply attend and mingle in support of the arts organization.

“The Croquet Tournament allows us to gather and enjoy fellowship as a community while enjoying some friendly competition for a worthy cause,” said Knoxville Opera Marketing and Public Relations Director Michael Torano. “It’s a great opportunity to strengthen our support base and end the 2014-2015 Season with a bang.”

The lively tournament consists of two-player teams who will proceed through up to five wickets. Along with playing croquet on the green, attendees will enjoy a gourmet brunch and high tea, raffle prizes, a bocce game and vintage automobiles. They can also participate in the vintage costume contest, with the judging panel consisting of special guests Mary Lynn Majors and Matthew McClellan.

Additionally, the Knoxville Arts Challenge competition will be presented by Mayor Tim Burchett. The heads of the Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Museum of Art, and the Clarence Brown Theatre will compete for Knoxville’s most prestigious croquet award. 

Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by the gourmet brunch and tournament. The event is proudly sponsored and catered by All Occasion Catering.

Ticket prices begin at $100 and can be purchased online. Please visit the Knoxville Opera website for additional details and the schedule of events. For more information, please call Audrey Duncan at 865.588.8371.