Racing bar stools? This idea might have legs


What do extreme sports enthusiasts and bar stool denizens have in common?

Well, ... uh ... OK, maybe not much ... Until somebody invented bar stool races like the ones held in Ironton recently.

Lash your bar stool onto a pair of skis and it's almost like being an athlete. Just see which competitor makes it down the slope (a gentle slope) first – or at all.

WCCO paid a visit to the second annual Bar Stool Races organized by the Town Tavern in Ironton as a fundraiser for a local snowmobile club, the Sno Serpents.

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Some of the contestants opted to "soup up" their bar stools.

Ironton Mayor Dean French, for example, rode one he called Mayor Force One. We can only wonder how much the rocket design helped, but the Crosby Ironton Courier has the photgraphic evidence that French finished ahead of a competing stool entered by the Ironton Fire Department Auxiliary.

The Brainerd Dispatch posted video taken at Ironton's inaugural Bar Stool Races in 2014.

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But while participants and spectators alike seemed to thoroughly enjoy their day on Morningside Hill, there was a downside to this year's event in Ironton.

This year's paltry snowfall meant the Town Tavern had to resort to making snow to give the bar stoolers something to ski on. So while it was billed as a fundraiser – and the snowmobilers will get a few hundred dollars – the tavern is in the hole about $1,500, WCCO reports.

By the way, if this has given you a hankering to take your favorite bar stool for a ride, you may have another chance before winter ends. The American Legion post over in Somerset, Wisconsin is planning to hold its 16th annual bar stool races on March 7.

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