MORE than 20 people came to experience Chewton's annual Road Bowls tournament on Tuesday morning, a sport that dates back to early mining days.
The event was started by locals of Irish heritage in the early 1970s and was revived six years ago. It has grown steadily ever since.
A wheelbarrow full of beer is an essential part of the game play and participants must also dress in op-shop clothing.
Organiser Ian McMillan said it was all a bit of fun.
"You can't get agro in the game, either you bowl it properly or you don't," he said.
"A few of the young fellas that come through, some of them are phenomenal what they can do with the bowl," Mr McMillan said.
Mr McMillan said he hoped with the growth of the town, traditions like Road Bowls would help keep a sense of community and character in Chewton.
"Ninety per cent of participants today are locals and it's good to see new people come in," he said.
"All you've got to do is grab a dozen people on a weekend and say `come on, let's go have a game of road bowls`. It's something simple and entertaining."