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Area employees hope to strike gold at tourney

Published 10:51am Thursday, January 31, 2013

It could be called rolling for networking.

The 20th Annual Battle of the Businesses Bowling Tourney will take place this Saturday at Northern Aire Lanes, featuring about 60 teams bowling at three time slots during the day. As of now, there are 59 teams, with one more slot open.

Chamber of Commerce director Lisa Workman said the games are not traditional bowling, but specialized to make the event more exciting.

“For instance, during the Blackout Bowling, there are lights only on the pins and the teams have bingo sheets. They can mark off on the sheet for strikes, gutter balls and so on,” Workman said. “It’s a race to the finish, and the winning team wins a pizza and a pitcher of soda or beer.”

The other games are 9-pin No Tap and Scotch Doubles. The time slots will be 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Each session will feature 20 teams. The teams are made up of local businesses in town.

“It’s a great event for businesses to network (with other businesses) and work together as a team,” Workman said.

During each session, each team will play a round in all three games.

“We will probably know the winners on Monday,” Workman said. “There is a lot of teams and that makes for a lot of scores, so it takes some time to add all that up.”

The event is a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce, who puts on the event. It is one of three events the Chamber puts on through out the year.

Top teams will receive Fergus Bucks, which are gift certificates through the Chamber of Commerce to spent locally through out the city.

“They can be used at almost all 300 Chamber businesses,” Workman said. “Right now, we have $360 in prizes, but if we get one more team, that will go up to $400.”

The team that takes first place will receive the traveling trophy.

This year will also feature a new trophy.

“Because it is the 20th year, we decided to have a competition for best dressed teams,” Workman said.

Teams can dress in themes, such as using corporate logos and old school bowling outfits for example, and will be judged by secret judges. A team from each session will be chosen and then, at the end of the night, the secret judges will decide who of the final three is the winner.

“Since not everyone stays through out the day, the best dressed team may not know until later,” Workman said.

Workman added the Chamber has had great luck with the support of the community for the event. She said the Chamber is thankful for those who participate.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a good bowler or a bad bowler, it’s all about having a good time,” Workman said.

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