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CYP to host ‘Barstool Open’ mini-golf event

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Carroll Young Professionals is urging all area residents (of age) to grab a mini golf club — and a drink — and join in on a good time next weekend to help light up the Carroll Depot.

CYP is hosting a “Barstool Open” mini-golf bar-crawl fundraiser at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, to help raise money for a lights display planned at the Carroll Depot as Christmas approaches.

Four Carroll bars will host a variety of mini golf obstacle courses: Carroll Brewing Company, Kerps Tavern, Brothers on Main and Full Swing. Participants will check in at Carroll Brewing and receive a scorecard and instructions about their starting point — different groups will start at different bars to prevent mini-golfer traffic jams.

Participants need to be 21 or older and are encouraged to wear costumes. The participating bars are in close vicinity to each other, and those playing are encouraged to walk between them. Everyone can participate, not just CYP members.

Teams of four can sign up for the event. Cost is $100 per team before this Friday. After that, teams can continue to sign up, including the day of, for $120 per team. Those interested can pay online at or by visiting the Carroll Chamber of Commerce office.

“It’s all about having fun and socializing with everybody and maybe meeting someone new,” CYP Chair Kessie Schwarte said, adding that the event is inspired by similar mini-golf crawls — at 18 bars, no less — in cities like Omaha. “We wanted a fun afternoon, and it’s something different that’s never been done in Carroll before.”

Door prizes will be offered to recognizes those with the best score, the best costumes — yes, you should wear a costume — and more.

The proceeds from the event will go to a lighted train display at the Carroll Depot. It’ll be put together by Bill Schrad; he and his wife Sue create a lights-and-music display each year near Maple River.

The display will have Santa driving the train and waving to viewers, complete with smoke coming out of the train stacks.

Schwarte said that if the fundraiser is a hit, CYP might look at offering it each year and switching up where the funds go.

“I’m hoping it will be successful,” she said. “It would be so much fun to have this every year.”

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