The Cochrane Curling Centre continues to be a popular destination for curling teams.

The proof in the pudding is another sold-out ladies bonspiel, following hot on the tail of last month's sold-out men's affair.

Barb Gibson, of the Cochrane Curling Club, says play gets underway this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. The finals are on Sunday at 1 p.m. There's a field of 32 teams and there was a waiting list of another four or five.

"About 45 to 50 per cent of the teams are from out-of-town and the rest of them are local, so we're bringing lots of people in from out-of-town to play in this as well," says Gibson.

Teams are travelling here from as far south as Lethbridge and north as Edmonton.

Curling has a highly sociable and inclusive culture. There's a large viewing area upstairs, where you can grab refreshments, socialize and enjoy the games. There's also wide selection of silent auction items, courtesy of generous local sponsors and the teams themselves.

"We've got some fun stuff going on, and people are welcome to join in. The public can come and bid on are great silent auction items while enjoying some really good curling."

This year's theme is "anything Scottish" as a salute to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts being hosted by Calgary, Feb. 16 to 25.