Meat Bingo

"They arrived eager and early, cramming the sidewalk leading to the entrance.

A lot of people like to play bingo. But this one in York County, Pennsylvania is different: it's all about meat.

Is there a more salt-of the-earth, down home, practical thing to do on a Friday night then a little simultaneous gambling, bringing home the bacon and helping out a local service club?  I think not! 

It looked like just another evening of bingo at a fire hall somewhere in York County, except the prizes differed from most games.

Meat, massive amounts of it, awaited the winner of each round. Many have heard of playing bingo for pretty baskets, but once a year in Stewartstown, they hand out juicy cuts of beef, pork, chicken and seafood.

The novelty of it draws many players, and in these lean economic times, a $12 ticket makes for a cheap gamble on the chance to win a butcher's bonanza. For others, the occasion has simply become an annual tradition.

"It's a cultural event," said Emily Cooper, 28, of East Hopewell Township. "It's part of being from southern York County, going to meat bingo."


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British pubs have been organising meat raffles for years. Sadly, it's a dwindling tradition, but you can still find them if you look hard enough:
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