Beer'lympics: Competitive Drinking for a Good Cause

Photographer: Photo courtesy of the York Beer'lympics

Are you a master of beer pong from your college days? Do you have cup flipping skills? Can you carry a tray full of drinks while running a three-legged race with a friend?

Or do you just like to help out for a good cause? The fourth annual York Beer’lympics on July 18 may be your calling. What started as a way to raise money for York-based charities has grown into a full day of competitive drinking events with teams and individuals vying for the coveted crushed aluminum can medals in the town of Emigsville – just north of York.

Teams of four individuals go head-to-head with each other in six different drinking competitions. The games change year-to-year, but past events have included everything from beer pong and beer dodge ball to team quarters and “blind man’s fumble” (think blind-folded hide and seek to find beers to chug).

The day is filled with food, raffles, 50-50 tickets and (of course) plenty of beer. The best part? All proceeds are donated to local charities. Last year’s event generated nearly $3,000 for the PA Veterans Foundation.

For some inspiration, watch this video of previous years to get an idea of the event and see if you have what it takes to be a Beer’lympian.

The York Beer’lympics takes place in Emigsville on July 18 beginning at 12 p.m. The entry fee is $40 per team. For more information, check out the group’s website (and please note that anyone who drinks at the event will not be allowed to drive away).



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Michael Yoder has been writing stories at numerous publications for more than a decade. His interests include impersonating Santa Claus, performing stand-up comedy and drawing circular objects. His dream is to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Michael is a former features editor for Fly; he left in 2015.

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