Irish road bowling rolls into town
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:30:20 GMT —
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and with it, comes Irish traditions of all kinds.
One tradition that has made its way from the Emerald Isle to the Tri-States, is Irish road bowling.
It's like a mix between golf, and bowling.
Irish road bowling takes a steel ball called a bowl and is typically played along country roads.
Bob Dixon has been playing for a few years, and after the first time he played, he was hooked.
"Anywhere you can find an old country road that has some turns and bends in it, some hills and so forth, you know it's going to be fun, if you're trying to throw a ball down a street, that's going to curve this way or go up and over a hill where the ball goes completely out of sight, so it's just a fun, fun thing to do and anyone can do it," Dixon said.
Each player attempts to take the fewest throws to propel the bowl along the road.
Depending on the twists and turns in the road, it can get tricky.
"Actually the best part is watching everybody else play because some of the antics that go on," Dixon said. "And people are trying to figure out how to throw the ball and it's just a fun time throughout the whole process."
The game dates back to the 17th century.
Dixon found it so enjoyable that he brought it to St. Patrick, Missouri.
Players from all over the United States, and countries like Lebanon all come together to play this game.
For more information on festivities in St. Patrick, Missouri, click here.