Bowl-a-thon to assist in fight against MD

FAIRMONT — When the weather outside is frightful, indoor plans can be delightful. Especially if they allow you to get up and move, have fun and support a good cause.

Area residents will have just such an opportunity this weekend, at a muscular dystrophy bowl-a-thon to be held noon Sunday at Bowlmor Lanes in Fairmont.

Cory Hallberg, manager of the Fareway grocery store in Fairmont, said Fareway has partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for years. He shared some information about the event.

“This is our second annual [event],” Hallberg said. “Last year was our first year and we had such good success with it that we decided to do it again. Last year we raised $1,860 for the MDA.”

On Sunday, four-person teams at a charge of $20 per person will be able to bowl three games.

“There will be three games of nine-pin bowling, so if you knock down any nine pins it counts as a strike and levels the playing field a little bit,” Hallberg said. “For the second and third games, we’ll have you do some fun objectives, such as bowling granny-style, using someone else’s ball or bowling backwards. That way it’s not just the good bowlers showing up and winning everything.”

He also shared information about the raffle.

“We do a 50-50 raffle, and then we do a raffle for two $100 Fareway gift cards,” he said.

Hallberg said that at the time of this writing, the third raffle had yet to be finalized.

“Then we have a general merchandise raffle and, by the time I’m done, we’ll probably have 30 prizes to give away,” he said.

When asked about the previous year’s turnout, Hallberg said plenty of people came out, and he expects more this year.

“We had 14 teams of four, so we had 56 actual bowlers,” he said. “But then we had another 15 or 20 extra people that showed up, so there was probably 75 of us last year. This year, I already have 14 teams signed up so hopefully we can get up to 18 and have a full bowling alley.

“I just want to say a special thanks to Bowlmor Lanes for allowing us the opportunity to do this.”

To register, people may contact Cory or Tyler at Fairmont Fareway by calling (507) 238-4737. Everyone is invited.