Conway’s Irish road bowling returns

Event returns May 21 for second year in Conway

  • Tom Pleasant, of the Red Tide team, attempts to roll their cannonball into the oval at the finish line during the 2015 Conway Irish road bowling competition as Jimmy Recore, of the Yellow Jkets team looks on. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/6/2016 9:54:52 PM

CONWAY — Mike Haley noticed something during last year’s Irish Road Bowling fundraiser.

There were a lot of young families following the adults who were rolling 28-ounce metal balls through Conway’s winding roads. So he and the other members of the town’s 250th anniversary committee decided to feature a youth division in this year’s road bowling event, set for May 21.

Last year, the goal was to start at the Conway Inn, go through part of town and loop back to the Main Street establishment. But it turns out the route was overly long and participants made it only as far as Reeds Bridge before dusk. So the plan this year is to start on Shelburne Falls Road near the bridge around midday and finish at the inn.

Children and adults may sign up at the Conway Inn, Baker’s Country Store, OESCO Inc., or the Conway branch of Greenfield Savings Bank. The deadline is May 13.

Adult fee is $20 for each team member of four-member teams.

The junior competition will be for those 12 to 17, and run on a stretch of Elm Street. There will be room for 12 teams of two youngsters each. The entry fee is $5.

Irish Road Bowling is said to have begun in the 1600s, when the British occupied Ireland and the rebels would sneak to barracks and castles to steal cannon balls and would roll them because they were too heavy to lug, and it caught on as a tradition.

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