Turkey bowling for charity gives back to community

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Dozens of people came out to Acacia Park Sunday for some turkey bowling.

The annual event is held every Sunday before Thanksgiving, and it’s all for a good cause.

“It’s kind of like being at a bowling alley except it’s outdoors and it’s on ice and we actually have a little Cornish hen that we use as the bowling ball,” said Laurel Prudhomme, the Director of Communications for the Downtown Partnership.

For those who like a tough challenge, though, bowling with an actual turkey was a different approach.

“I would say that it’s hard with the big and heavy ones but it’s pretty easy with the small ones,” said Brendon Burnett, a turkey bowler.

“It’s a lot different because you can’t step into your bowl and it’s a lot harder to throw it because you don’t have your little finger holes,” said Braden Makin, another bowler.

“Especially if you step into it, you might have a chance to fall,” added Jack Mottern.

All the turkeys collected will be donated to Care and Share, the Marian House and the Springs Rescue Mission, where they’re given to families who need them.

“It makes me feel pretty good that we’re helping people who actually need it and not just people who want it,” said Makin.

“It’s Colorado, our community, and I just want to help out,” said Mottern.

“It makes me feel good because people can still celebrate,” said Burnett. “People can still celebrate with one simple turkey.”

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