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November 24, 2013

Turkeys sort of fly to help less-fortunate

Area Girl Scouts bowl with frozen fowl

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Frozen turkeys flying through the air brought some gobbles from onlookers Saturday afternoon at Lighthouse Harvest Foundation.

More than two dozen Girl Scouts had to use all their strength in an attempt to knock down more pins than their friends in the Turkey Bowl.

“It’s cool. (But) It’s harder (than I thought),” said Bodey Beckwith, 9, of Jefferson.

The large frozen turkeys were flung down a cement floor, covered in plastic, toward 10 waiting regulation bowling pins.

The automatic pin set up involved the girls from host troop 80103 picking them up and putting them back in place inside a wooden backdrop.

The idea was born during an August meeting of leaders in the troop’s (service unit), said Jamie Arcaro who volunteered to coordinate the event after another mother suggested (turkey bowling) the idea.

Arcaro said ABC and Sonny bowling alleys donated the pins and Jefferson Lanes donated the awards while Ashta Chemicals built the wooden pin holding areas, she said.

The girls were each charged $3 for a game or $2 with a canned good. The lanes were later opened for parents and siblings to take a shot at turkey bowling.

The frozen turkeys will be put to good use during a Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday starting at 11:30 at the Lighthouse Harvest Foundation on State Road.

“We had them (the girls) make turkey (head) bands to get in the spirit,” Arcaro said.

Arcaro invited eight area Girl Scout troops, but word got out quickly, she said of troops that showed up from Howland and suburban Cleveland.

“We just heard turkey bowling and were like,’thank you’, said Tori Muehlbauer, 13, of Howland, while excitedly waiting to bowl.

Savannah Bliffin of Ashtabula was one of the volunteer pin set up girls and had some questions about the turkey bowling idea.

“It’s kind of weird... It probably won’t slide very far,” she said prior to the first “roll”.

Ten minutes later Bliffin had changed her mind. “It works better than I expected,” she said with a big smile.

Bobbi Jo Park of Geneva said she thought it was a good idea to raise money for need people who would be alone on Thanksgiving.

The one main challenge seemed to be the size of turkey for some of the younger girls.

“I thought we would have a little smaller turkeys,” Park said with a laugh.

Tammy Bliffin may have summed up the experience best. “It’s something you can’t quite imagine till you see it,” she said.

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