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September 10, 2nd Annual Pack Horse Ford Cannonball Run, Shepherdstown, WV

September 10, 2011


 A rolling farmland and bright sunshine in a Civil War setting was “Almost Heaven” for 50 bowlers on September 10th in Shepherdstown, WV.  Many family first-timers bowled at this exciting event on Trough Road.  “Once you bowl, you’re hooked” was expressed by several bowlers.  Pat Dickman, Bunker Hill, WV, said “I came to watch how the game was played so I could bowl next year. “  Instead, Pat ended up bowling on the 1st place team.  A black kilt was worn by Chris Neeley.  The winning teams tied at 44 bowls, so the match was decided by distance past the finish line, only 10 feet!  Accolades to Katy Fidler, who was kind enough to allow her property to be used again for registration and parking. Trough Road has a rich history of where 1862 Confederate and Union troops fought, as the Confederate army retreated from Antietam.  Shepherdstown is located 20 minutes past Harpers Ferry, WV, and we hope to get more bowlers participating from the DMV (DC/MD/VA) area next year. Many thanks for the hard work of organizer Road Master Mary Wolfe. Mary also organizes the Morgan County Fair Irish Road Bowling at Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV.  

Contact: Road Master Mary Wolfe, phone 304-258-4958, e-mail mwolfe4@frontier.com.  By Judy Mize, Secretary of the WVIRBA.

2011 Photos by Mary Wolfe.

 1st Placfe Team 'Don;'t care'2nd Place Mark Willt's TeamClifton Colebank, Singles

1st Place Team, Don't Care              2nd Place Mark Wilt's Team        Clifton Colebank, Singles



Kevin Smith, Singles                                  Mark Wilt, President, WVIRBA, airborne while throwing his very long shot off the start line.


September 18, 2010 Inaugural Pack Horse Ford Cannonball Run, Shepherdstown, WV


  The inaugural PACK HORSE FORD CANNONBALL RUN WV Irish Road Bowling competition was held in Shepherdstown, WV on Saturday, September 18th, 2010.  Approximately 47 bowlers competed on the historic Trough Road, which approaches the site of the significant Shepherdstown Battlefield.  Confederate and Union troops engaged here on September 19th and 20th, just 2 days after the bloody battle at Antietam on September 17th.   We were fortunate to meet Civil War re-enactors before the match, as the soldiers were wading across the Potomac River in the tradition of their proud forefathers, who crossed 148 years ago.  (See pictures below.)  

Most bowlers were first-timers of all ages from Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.  A couple of bowlers remarked how much fun they had and hope the event will be held next year so they can return and bring more family members.  Several big throws were reported, including the great beginning shot by John Doyle, West Virginia State House of Delegates (D-Jefferson). Trophies were awarded to the 1st Place Team, who set the course record of 36.  The 2nd Place Team, who also received a score of 36, but whose bowl went a shorter distance past the finish line, received gift certificates from the O’Hurley’s General Store.  It was a beautiful sunny late-summer day situated amidst the enchanting natural surroundings of Shepherdstown, WV. 

Shepherdstown is located 20 minutes past Harpers Ferry, WV, and we hope to get more bowlers participating from the DMV (DC/MD/VA) area next year.  Many thanks for the hard work of organizers Road Master Mary Wolfe, Don and Tom Neville.


Judy Mize, Secretary, WVIRBA