‘Tailgate Scramble’ will test skills in 7 games in new fundraiser for local Rotary clubs

Photos by Tom Rivers: Lilli Strickland of Dubby’s Tailgate in Albion takes aim with a toy dart gun at 9 stacked cups in “Big Cup Hunter.” It is one of seven games featured in the Tailgate Scramble on June 17 at Dubby’s. Teams of four will vie for a $500 grand prize.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 June 2023 at 9:32 am

ALBION – A new fundraiser for three local service clubs also will test the skills of players in a range of backyard games and arcade challenges.

The 1st annual Rotary Tailgate Scramble is scheduled for June 17 at Dubby’s Tailgate, 165 Platt St. Teams of four will compete in seven games – cornhole, Big Cup Hunter, ladder golf, washer toss, Skee-Ball, darts and fowling.

There is room for up to 100 teams at $60 for each foursome. The scoring system will rank the teams on how they do in each event, and the team with the cumulative best score will win a $500 grand prize. There will also be awards for best team costume and funniest costume.

Ladder golf, left, and Skee-Ball are among the games in the Tailgate Scramble.

Peter Bartula of the Medina Rotary has been the driving force behind the competition. He plays in the Wednesday evening cornhole league at Dubby’s. He saw the other games offered at the site, and wanted to try a tournament that would connect the three Rotary clubs in the county.

“It’s a great venue here with great food,” Bartula said at Dubby’s. “So many people play these games while they are camping or picnicking.”

Peter Bartula winds up to throw a football at a set of bowling pins. Fowling is one of the games in the scramble.

Bartula said while most of the games are familiar, most people may not have tried fowling. That’s where the players throw a football at bowling pins. They get five tries to knock them all down.

For scoring with this game, the point total is how many pins knocked down the first throw multiplied by 5, then how many on then second throw multiplied by 4, working down to the fifth throw where it’s how many pins knocked down multiplied by 1.

Bartula credited Dubby’s owner Brian Alexander for being a wizard in planning the Dubby’s layout and coming up with a scoring system for the tournament.

The teams will be staggered at about 25 per hour. The tournament runs from 1 to 5 p.m. if there are a full 100 teams.

Players will throw darts and compete in the Washer Toss.

Teams can begin practicing at noon that day. Dubby’s also is letting teams that are preregistered to stop by the site days ahead of time to try the different games and practice for free as long as they show their registration confirmation. Dubby’s is open Wednesday through Saturday.

During the event, players will get warmup tosses or shots, and then they each get five to eight tries each, depending on the event. The scores are tallied and the teams ranked from top to bottom for each event. The cumulative scores for all seven events will determine the overall ranking.

Bartula encouraged people to give the games a try and enjoy an afternoon of fun. Dubby’s will have food and beverages available.

For more information about registering, click here.

These teams practice before cornhole last week at Dubby’s, which hosts a Wednesday evening tournament. The scramble will include cornhole.