Sad, but true. The North Andover Citizen in Massachusetts reports that North Andover’s 45th annual Sheep Shearing Festival, which will be held this Sunday, May 21, has cancelled Cow Pie Bingo.
Originally organized by North Andover Police Lieutenant Eric Foulds, the event has been a favorite for years. The game is played with a grid drawn on the field, and each square bears a number. The game begins when a cow is be released onto the grid. The cow poops, and winners are determined by the number in the square the poop lands on.
Unfortunately, in spite of how awesome that sounds, interest has been waning.
Foulds said, “It’s a fundraiser, and we didn’t make as much money as we thought we were going to last year, and with the time and effort needed to put it on, it just wasn’t worth it. So we decided to skip this year, and if we get a lot of feedback that it was really missed, we’ll probably start it up again next year.”
There will still be sheep shearing demonstrations and sheep herding demonstrations with dogs, as well as vendors and pony rides.
No dogs are allowed, because dogs scare the sheep and disrupt the herding dogs.
Hopefully, Cow Pie Bingo will return next year.