Buffalo Chip Tossing

Buffalo Chip
Buffalo Chip

Ever thrown a buffalo chip?  First of all, what is a buffalo chip?  A buffalo chip is dried buffalo poop, also known as “chips” or cow pies.  Buffalo Chip Throwing contests are popular (well, something you have to try once in your life) in the midwest and western states of the US.  Chips are generally 8-12″ in diameter and approximately 1-2″ thick, so it is important to choose one that fits your hand.  Moisture content is also important: too dry and the chip breaks up in flight, too moist and it sticks between your fingers.

While in Northeast Nebraska last weekend, I happened across Desperado Days in Niobrara, Nebraska (population: 370), and one of the events was a buffalo chip throwing contest.  For $5 a throw, you could pick your own cow pie or buffalo chip and heave it as far as you could, using any style.   Winner take all.

Chip Tossing Styles
Chip Tossing Styles

Some entrants tossed underhand, some threw frisbee style, and one even tried the discus throwing style–he called himself “The Hurler”.  There were three divisions: Men, Women and Children.

Buffalo Chip Champs
Buffalo Chip Champs

The side-arm thrower in the men’s division had the longest qualified throw of the day, with a toss of 91′.  (Rumor has it that the state record of 106′ was set last year in Valentine, NE.) The Hurler, discus thrower, actually threw his chip 100′ on his first try but was disqualified for stepping over the line.  He was allowed a second try but had to use his original chip, which disintegrated upon touchdown of his first toss, so he was out of luck.

Not to brag or anything, but all three winners were from my family — all city slickers to boot.  I think they got their expertise from all the BS they throw around at family gatherings.

Thought for the Day:  Winning is nice if you don’t lose your integrity in the process.       Arnold Horshak  (One of the Sweathogs in Mr. Kotter’s class)

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