It's a new cold weather pastime, frozen turkey bowling. For Chrissy Weinbauer and her husband Pat, it's not just a game. That's because all the proceeds from their frozen ally are going to a cause very near and dear to their hearts, the Marathon County Humane Society.
"My husband and I, we adore animals... all of them," Weinbauer told NewsChannel 7.
Saturday's 5th Annual Turkey Bowl at Pat and Chrissy's Pub 153 brought out people from across the state and beyond in support of man's best friend.
"We have a group here today from Chicago that came especially for the event," Weinbauer explained.
For just $6.00 or $5.00 with a pet supply donation, participants could bowl all day long. Chad Schepp brought his family after hearing about the event from a friend. For him, the Weinbauer's mission is personal.
"We rescued our own animals from the humane society and from some shelters... Knowing that the money is going to go to a good cause, to these animals, is, I think, always a great thing," Schepp shared.
On top of that, it's also a lot of fun.
"The kids had fun bowling with the bowling balls and the adults we had along throwing turkeys all around was fun," Schepp added.
His tip to first time frozen turkey bowlers is to throw the turkey as hard as you can then pray for the best. But no matter the score, in the end it's all about the money raised for the Marathon County Humane Society. In the last few years the Frozen Turkey Bowl has averaged more than $1,200 in cash donations each year and more than $400 in pet supplies. This year the Weinbauer's are hoping to exceed that number, setting a goal of $1,500 in cash donations and $500 worth of pet supplies.
"It feels wonderful. It's just, like I said, I can take the stuff to the humane society and just know and go in and see all the dogs and the cats and just knowing, yay! They're going to be good for a while," Weinbauer said.
All of the turkeys used in Saturday's event will also be donated to the Marathon County Humane Society, as well as local homeless shelters and food pantries.