Kubb (pronounced koob) is a lawn game where the object is to knock over wooden blocks by throwing wooden sticks at them. Today’s version of kubb originated on Gotland Island, Sweden. Although it is often claimed that the game dates back to the Viking Age and has survived on Gotland, there doesn’t appear to be any firm evidence of this. Stories of kubb being played on the island of Gotland, date only from the early 20th century.
Rules may vary from region to region, but the ultimate object of the game is to knock over the kubb blocks on the opposing side, and then knock the "king" over, before the opponent does. The game can be played on a variety of surfaces such as sand, concrete, grass, or even ice. Games can last from five minutes to well over an hour.
The game in its modern conception became popular in the 1990s when commercial kubb sets were first manufactured. Kubb has become increasingly popular in the U.S. and has gained international interest. A Kubb World Championship has been held yearly on Gotland Island since 1995.
If you would like to give kubb a try, stop by the Story City Historical Society’s ice cream social on August 18th from 1-3pm at the Sheldall Schoolhouse Museum, located at the corner of Broad St. and Hillcrest Dr. Homemade ice cream will be available for a free-will donation, as well as several outdoor games. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy this Scandinavian pastime with the Historical Society.