Looking to score some weekend fun? Then get three of your closest friends and family together, sign up as a team and go to Detroit Lakes' Voyageur Lanes Saturday, Feb. 29, for the Lion's Club Bowling Blast.
"We have two shifts of three games each, at 4:30 and 7 p.m.," said organizer Brenda Wieland. Each shift can have a maximum of 16 teams, due to the number of lanes available.
Registrations will be accepted up until Friday, Feb. 28, though it's not wise to wait until the last minute, as participation is first come, first served. "I only have one spot left at 4:30, and five at 7 p.m.," Wieland said. "We're filling up fast."
Each shift will be divided into three games: Moonlight bowling, where the main lights in the alley are dimmed, and only the pins and lights delineating the lanes are illuminated; 8 pin no-tap, where any time a person gets at least 8 pins down on their first throw, it's considered a strike; and Scotch doubles, where two team members take turns on the first and second throws in each frame.
Competition is open to all ages and skill levels, though because alcohol will be served during the event, the Lions are asking that participation be limited to age 18 and older. The only real restriction, however, is that each four-person team must have at least one member of the opposite gender if they want to be in competition for the high score trophy that will be awarded at the end of each shift.
"If you don't care about the score, you can have four men or four women on your team," Wieland said, adding that the mixed gender requirement is intended to even the playing field for all teams in competition for the trophy.
The cost to register is $100 per team, which covers rental of the bowling alley's shoes and balls, though competitors can also choose to bring their own.
Though payment of the registration fee is required to participate in the competition, anyone can come and cheer on their favorite team, free of charge.
"It's open to the public," Wieland said. "Spectators are welcome."
Besides the high-score trophy, participants will also have an opportunity to win a variety of door prizes, from Fargo Force tickets to gas cards for use at the local Cenex to a hotel getaway package at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino.
"This is a unique opportunity to create some camaraderie and help the Detroit Lakes Lions raise money for the Becker County Food Pantry and Lakes Crisis & Resource Center," Wieland said. "We guarantee a fun time for everyone."
For more information, or to sign up, call Wieland at 218-844-4221, Ext. 112, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.