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University of Montana President Competes With Mayor in Cow Pie Tossing Contest

University of Montana President Competes With Mayor in Cow Pie Tossing Contest

“I’m just here to be humiliated”

This actually makes Montana sound like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?

The Missoulian reports:

University of Montana president, mayor face off in cow pie toss

As the smell of dried cow pies filled the University of Montana Oval Wednesday, competition was in the air in advance of an epic turd-tossing throw-down between President Seth Bodnar and Mayor John Engen.

In the background, the sounds of chainsaws invited students walking to and from class to try out a crosscut saw or throw an ax with the Woodsmen Team and Forestry Club.

The festivities are part of the annual Boondockers Day, which precedes the yearly Foresters’ Ball set for Saturday, Feb. 7.

“We’re showcasing what forestry is and what we do,” said Priya Keller, the publicity officer for the Foresters’ Ball, adding Boondockers Day is also an effort to get the word out about the Ball.

The main event is the annual cow pie tossing contest between Tom DeLuca, dean of the School of Forestry, and Law School Dean Paul Kirgis. DeLuca has been the reigning champion for the past two years, but this year organizers added a twist.

Engen and Bodnar were added to the mix to see who could throw the poo the farthest.

“I’m just here to be humiliated,” Engen chuckled, as he watched some of the ax throwing demonstrations before the competition. In the distance, Bodnar walked towards the gathering from Main Hall, the final competitor to arrive.


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Less BS and it is out in the open as well as the tossing of it than the Ivy League campi.

I had to read this just to see if it was real or metaphorical.
It’s real, so that’s a relief.

Apparently, the town is quite supportive of the university. Included in my daughter’s admissions packet was a letter from the mayor welcoming admittees to the town. It was a nice touch.