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It’s time to dust off your bowling shoes, wi-lions-bowling-tournamentfind your lucky ball and head over to Marshfield for the annual Wisconsin Lions Bowling Tournament. From February 25 to April 9, Stratford, Pittsville, Auburndale and Rozellville Lions Club will be hosting the 66th annual competition at Rose Bowl Lanes.

To get you in the bowling spirit, we thought it might be fun to put together bowling fun facts that you might not already know. Feel free to share after bowling a frame!

  • The first indoor bowling lanes were built in New York City in 1840, but the origins of the game can be traced back thousands of years.
  • Bowling balls were first made of wood and later (a heavy rubber) until about 1960.
  • Women weren’t allowed to bowl until the year 1917 when they got their own governing body, the Women’s National Bowling Association.
  • Nine-pin bowling is banned in every state except Texas.
  • There is no minimum weight requirement for a bowling ball.
  • The largest bowling alley in the world is located in Japan and has 116 lanes. (Wow!) The second largest is housed in Las Vegas.
  • Jennie Kelleher of Wisconsin was the first woman to bowl a perfect 300 game in 1930.

Doubles and Singles Events take place on Saturday at 10:30 am and 1 pm. Team Events will take place on Sunday at 10 am and 1 pm. Check-in times are one hour prior to the shift, and the cost to compete is $8 per team. To learn more, please click here.

All entries will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration, all tournament-related information and motel information can be found at the Pittsville Lions website. Entries will close on the last day of the tournament based on lane availability.

From all of us at Lions Pride, we wish all participating bowlers the best of luck!