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Onondaga Lake Park: Irish bowling anyone?

St. Patrick's Day events to benefit Historic Onondaga Lake volunteer efforts

The ancient sport of Irish Road Bowling will make its debut in Central New York on Sunday March 14 at the first ever Irish Road Bowling Tournament.

Sponsored by the Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake, the event will take place along two miles of Onondaga Lake Park's East Shore Recreation Trail. Popular in Ireland for over 300 years, the game involves hurling a small cannonball along a country road to see how far it goes. The toss is similar to bowling but scoring is more like golf. During the tournament, teams of four will compete against each other to see who can cross the finish line in the fewest number of throws.

The St. Patrick's Day festivities will begin at noon on Sunday with the Willow Bay start of the competition followed by a mid-afternoon awards and celebration party at the neighboring Barking Gull. Entry fee for each four-person team is $100.

Each team will receive its own cannonball to use at the event, a commemorative garment for each participant, complimentary food and beverages at the awards ceremony and a one-year membership to the Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake.

All proceeds from this event will support the volunteer efforts of the Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake. For more information, call 380-7086 or visit IrishRoadBowling.org.

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