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Bocce Ball Bonanza: Unleash Your Inner Champion at the 39th Cleveland Challenge Cup!

Bocce enthusiasts, gather ’round! It’s time to roll in style and take your shot at glory in the 39th Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce, brought to you by the awesome folks at Serpentini Chevrolet! Get ready for three epic days of bocce brilliance, shaking things up from Friday, August 25th, to Sunday, August 27th, at the vibrant Wickliffe Italian-American Club. Brace yourselves because this ain’t your grandma’s backyard bocce showdown – it’s the granddaddy of them all!

With more than a hundred bocce teams coming from all over the United States & Canada, this tourney is like the Olympics of bocce ball! The best of the best from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, California, and more will be out there, all vying for a prize pool that would make Scrooge McDuck do a money dive – over $25,000, folks! That’s right, your bocce skills could pay off more than your day job!

Last year’s Open Division winners, North Country Graphics from Rome, New York, snagged their first-ever CCCOB title, while the unstoppable Bottiglieri’s Lawn Care from Niles, Ohio, grabbed their fifth championship in the last six tournaments! Talk about some serious bocce bragging rights! But can they hold on to the throne this year? The competition is fierce, and the tension is real!

Now, let’s talk about the opening ceremonies – more thrilling than the final season of your favorite TV show! At 3:45 p.m. on Friday, August 25th, buckle up for an anthem extravaganza with the national flags proudly fluttering high – the USA, Italy, and Canada! Giovanni Castiglione from Solon, Ohio, will be hitting the high notes like a pro!

Once the anthems pump you up, it’s bocce time, baby! Nine covered courts will be swarming with bocce ballers, and the energy will be off the charts. Got the itch to get in the game? Gather your dream team and hop on the Tourney Machine App to register! And if you’ve got burning questions, shoot a text to Frank Gambatese, the Tournament Director, at 440-373-7942, or pop an email to

Hold up! There’s more fun in store, folks! While bocce is the belle of the ball, they’ve got a full schedule of entertainment and festivities that’ll make you dance with joy. Saturday night, groove with Tony Marotta of Radio Italia/Cleveland; WRUW 91.1 FM during a live broadcast before dancing till you drop to the beats of Rock The House! And Sunday’s all about family fun, with the legendary Rick Smith Jr. Magic Show and Jungle Terry & Friends bringing wild animals to the party!

Now, let’s talk about the food – Homemade Italian delicacies and classic American favorites will be served up by our talented local food vendors. Wash it all down with a refreshing drink from the fully stocked bar – because hydration is essential when you’re cheering on your favorite bocce warriors!

This bocce fest has exploded from a tiny event into one of the grandest men’s bocce tournaments in the country! Kudos to the Lake County Visitors Bureau for their generous support.

So, mark your calendars, rally your crew, and get ready to witness the bocce ball extravaganza of a lifetime at the 39th Cleveland Challenge Cup! This ain’t no ordinary tournament – it’s a bocce ball bonanza that’s bound to leave you on the edge of your seat! Hop on over to to get the full scoop on the action-packed weekend ahead.

Let’s roll, Cleveland Vibes style! See you there, champs!


Kyle is a content creator with a passion for exploring and telling stories. When he's not at his computer, you can find him in the city with his wife Kaitie, and/or his two kids. You'll enjoy reading about his experiences and insights if you're all about The Land, through, The Cleveland Tea Newsletter, and some of the posts on Cleve or Leave.

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