TOLUCA, Ill. -- More than one thousand people are taking over the small town of Toluca, all for the same reason - Bocce Ball!
Toluca is hosting its annual Labor Day tournament today.
Teams of two are squaring off all around the downtown area.
Each one had to pay just five dollars for the chance to compete for prize money.
The coordinator said contestants come from surrounding states, and some of them are tournament veterans.
Coordinator Chuck Rolinski said, "This is like homecoming. A lot of these players have brought friends with them."
Player Katie Marquard said, "I think it's just amazing how many people come out here to do this... and people think it's hilarious, we come from Chicago and we don't know anyone who grew up in this town. I think that's the funny thing that the locals think about it, it's like why would you come here and do this and it's because it's fun. Every year we have a good time."
Players can visit the Toluca Labor Day carnival as well.
Fair food and beverages are for sale.
The money is put back into the community for next year's festivities.