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Minnesota city's human foosball fundraiser goes viral


A small city about an hour west of Minneapolis has been getting a lot of attention for it's human foosball table.

The game, put on by the Brownton Area Resource for Kids (BARK), takes the basic elements of foosball (the arena, players attached to poles and a ball) and made them human sized – players on each team stand inside an arena holding onto long poles while trying to score in the opposite team's goal.

This was part of BARK's annual kickball and beanbag tournament, which is held every year to raise money and provide enough activities for local kids. BARK formed after the McLeod West School District closed in 2009.

Even before Saturday's tournament, Brownton was getting a lot of national attention. On July 30, Lori Schwarze Cacka posted a preview video of human foosball on Facebook to get more people to sign up for the Aug. 9 tournament. It soon went viral, getting the attention of People MagazineUSA Today, CNN, and blog sites like BuzzFeedLaughing Squid and HyperBite.

Mark Cacka, who built the human foosball game, told the McLeod County Chronicle "[The CNN reporter] thought it was a really cool idea" Adding with a laugh, "She called me 'brilliant.'"

The Cackas are among the many who belong to BARK's leadership committee, the Chronicle says. BARK had had trouble recruiting enough teams to play in the kickball tournament, so they decided to add something new.

Mark Cacka told CNN he'd heard about people playing human-sized foosball near Alexandria and, with a lot of trips to Menards, he and some friends built the arena.

BARK told WCCO it plans to bring human foosball back for next year's fundraiser. The annual fundraiser also includes pony rides, a vendor fair and a street dance, according to BARK's Facebook page.

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