The Gobbler Tournament

43rd Annual Gobbler Tournament

The annual Gobbler Tournament is ALMOST here!!!  Spend Thanksgiving weekend playing some rugby and drinking all the beers.

We will be having a social 10s tournament for both men and women! Trust me you do not want to miss out on this!

LINK: Gobbler Tournament Facebook Page

Tournament History

The Gobbler Rugby Classic is a tournament that happens every Thanksgiving weekend in Abbotsford at CFV Exhibition Park. The event began in 1977 and in its early years, was held at McMillan Park with a beer garden in the lacrosse box (now replaced by a rec center). The tournament now takes place at the four fantastic fields at CFV Exhibition Park with a covered sideline beer garden that pumps out tunes and good times all day Saturday and Sunday.

Originally the tournament involved teams primarily from the Fraser Valley competing for a variety of prizes, including the coveted live turkey that was awarded to the winning team. Expectedly, animal rights activists expressed their discontent with this award, and cash prizes are now given out, as well as an award for the top social side. The tournament now includes teams from all over the Pacific Northwest from the US and Canada.

The Gobbler Tournament is also famous for its Saturday night dance, featuring a live band and an annual theme. At various points throughout the history of the Gobbler, the dance has attracted over 2,000 patrons for the evening event and has seen many big names on the stage. There is also an elusive myth about an infamous beer slide that brave participants have endured at the close of the night...

Tournament Information

When: October 11&12
Where: Exhibition Field and ARFC Clubhouse


  • Mens: $350/ team
  • Womens: $250/ team
  • clubs that register both men and women $450

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registering your teams

Games will be going on all day Saturday, including a Father & Son game.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd TBA

Register your teams ASAP #GobbleTillYouWobble

Weekend Itinerary:

Friday Night - Oct 11

Pre party at the clubhouse to get the weekend going

Saturday - Oct 12

Games will be going on all day Saturday, including a Father & Son game.

Saturday Night - Oct 12

Outta This World Dance, space themed so bring out your best space outfits !

Travel Information



  • Abbotsford Hotel - 604-859-6211 - it backs on to our clubhouse, so good location. 5 min drive to playing fields.
  • Alpine Motor Inn - 604-859-3171 - 5 minute walk t clubhouse, 5 minute drive to fields.
  • Coast Abbotsford - 604-853-1880 - 10 Minute drive to club and playing fields
  • Best Western - 604-853-3111 - 5 minute walk to the club and 5 minute drive to playing fields

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ARFC Clubhouse

31929 Mercantile Way
Abbotsford, B.C.
V2T 4C3
map arfc clubhouse

ARFC Home Field

CFV Exhibition Park
32315 Haida Drive,
Abbotsford, B.C.
map arfc clubhouse