BATAVIA – Before Sunday, Sookie Lehman of Batavia never had tried to knock down bowling pins with a frozen turkey.
The experience proved to be a challenge.
“I needed all four bumpers,” she said, laughing.
Lehman and others participated in Sunday’s Turkey Bowl event at The Range restaurant in downtown Batavia. The event raised money to help fight breast cancer.
“It was definitely fun,” Lehman said. “It’s for a good cause and something different to do.”
Fourteen teams participated in the event, which is in its first year. Organizer Brenda Bertrand said she was pleasantly surprised by the turnout.
“I think it’s a good turnout for the first year,” Bertrand said.
She said she also was thankful temperatures were in the 30s all day.
“You have to keep the turkeys frozen,” Bertrand said. “The weather was perfect for turkey bowling.”
Dale Evansen of Batavia is a pro at turkey bowling, having done it several times before.
“Keeping warm is the challenge,” he said.
Brisk winds on Sunday made it feel colder than it was. Fortunately, participants could warm themselves in a heated tent next to the makeshift bowling lanes. Evansen said the event is “a good time.”
“This is fun,” he said. “What’s better than throwing a frozen turkey?”
Even though he was a novice at turkey bowling, Brian Darflinger of St. Charles said he was more than up for the challenge.
“I am just happy no one got hurt,” he joked.