Monday, September 8, 2003

No cows? Sheep come to the rescue

Bingo game is fulfilled

The Associated Press

DELAWARE, Ohio - Organizers of a cow chip bingo game had everything they needed - except cows.

But the organization sponsoring the game did have sheep, so with those animals were used as emergency replacements and the game went on.

Cow chip bingo has become a popular fund-raiser for charitable and fraternal groups in rural areas.

A field is divided into small squares and people purchase "deeds" to those squares. The first square to get cow dung deposited on it earns the owner a cash prize.

Todd Friedel, who was in charge of a game Saturday, found he'd scheduled the event at the wrong time. "With the county fair starting next week, I can't get people to lend me their cows," Friedel said.

Friedel remembered an organic farm that maintains a flock of sheep.

It took 23 minutes for one of the three to make a deposit. The owner of the winning square, Steve Cianelli, donated his $750 prize to charities for cystic fibrosis and Lou Gehrig's disease research.

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