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Cow Pie Bingo Is Back!

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Do you find that traditional bingo just doesn’t excite you anymore? Are you weary of cinder-block buildings and unenthusiastic number callers? Most importantly, do you really like cows? Try Cow Pie Bingo.

You should definitely check out the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad’s fifth annual Cow Pie Bingo and Car Show fundraiser at Flat Iron Farm from 11 a.m. to 4 pm Saturday, Sept. 17.

The concept is simple: “Pit your luck against the gastronomical actions of Bubby Knott’s cows and you could win money.”

According to the official rule set, Cow Pie Bingo is an event in which a 60-foot-by-120-foot area of land is marked off into squares. The squares’ numbers will be randomly arranged by computer on a grid. The square numbers are then purchased by buying a raffle ticket. The number on the ticket represents the square number. There are only a limited number of tickets available.

On Sept. 17, 2016, three cows will be released into the marked area. Each cow will have a judge assigned to it.  There also will be an overall judge. Their word is law.

The first three cow pies, or “plops” in the game’s parlance, will mark the winning squares. Tickets are $10 apiece, with a chance at a $3,000 first prize, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.

But, you might be thinking, how will the judges account for, er, biological variances? “If the ‘plop’ lands in two or more squares or if the cow has the walking plops, the prize money will be awarded to the square in which the greatest amount lands.”

There are other contingencies to consider as well. If the animals soil an unsold square, the measurement will move one square up and clockwise to find a winner. If the cows get performance anxiety, the three winners will be selected by drawing of the tickets at random.

There will be a car show and a petting zoo for those members of your family who cannot appreciate your penchant for bovine-based games of chance. Food will be available, but humans are not allowed to directly participate in any “bingo calling.”

Flat Iron Farm is at 45480 Highway to Heaven Lane off Flat Iron Road in Great Mills, MD. For more information, call 240-258-8496.

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