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Schubas bringing back Turkey Bowl

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January 07, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko | RedEye

Schubas’ Tavern might be the only place you can get a spare and a turkey at the same time.

For the second year running, the Southport and Belmont watering hole will hold its “Turkey Bowl” on Saturday--an outdoor event where a 15-pound frozen turkey replaces a bowling ball.

“This is another excuse to drink outside in the winter here,” said Jud Eakin, promotions and sponsorship manager at Schubas.

Eakin explained that teams of up to four people take turns throwing a duct-taped frozen turkey down a greased up tarp in Schubas’ parking lot. The grand prize is entry into the larger Wrigleyville Turkey Bowl, held in February, as well as a ball, bag and bowling shirt from sponsor Schlitz Beer. Last year, about 50 people participated in the free event, which is expected to be larger this year.

“It’s not the easiest thing to wing a turkey down a greased shoot,” Eakin said. “I don’t really know if there’s a ton of skill involved. The only thing to know is it’s probably going to be very cold, and everyone will probably have a lot of beer going around.”

Spectators and players get $3 Schlitz, Old Style Light or Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboys. Registration for the last few spots in the event start at 12 p.m., and bowling starts at 1 p.m.

Eakin said the bar held its first Turkey Bowl last year, and there’s no plans to stop anytime soon, as he says “Turkey Bowling” has gained somewhat of a “cult following.” 

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