MARSHALL - Three young ladies in tie-dye T-shirts rolled the bolles in the pouring rain at the International Rolle Bolle Festival in Marshall on Sunday.
The shirts proclaimed them to be "The Bolle Babes," and on the back was the legend, "Third time's the charm."
The Bolle Babes team consists of sisters Hannah and Haley Bennett from Marshall, and childhood friend Payton Hostens from Moline, Ill. The Bennett sisters have been friends with Payton for years, and, of course, they met through Rolle Bolle.
"They're called 'The Bolle Babes' because they're babes and they bowl," younger brother Andrew explained.
The Bolle Babes were competing in a tournament that included teams outside of Minnesota from Winnipeg, Canada, Illinois and Iowa.
"Their mother and dad bowl," said mother Donita Bennett. "They've bowled in the tournament three times in a row. First time they were in the money, last year they placed second, and maybe this year will be the charm."
According to the Bennet sisters' father, Brett, the girls have been playing since they were about 8 years old. The sisters are third generation bowlers.
"Both our parents bowled, mine and my wife's," Brett Bennett said. "I started bowling in the late '70s."
The bowling went on in the pouring rain Sunday, testing the dedication of players and spectators alike as there was no shelter at the Lyon County Fairgrounds Rolle Bolle court, except under the eaves of the nearby bathroom building.
"We all think we're kind of crazy," Donita Bennett said.
The game ended as the Bolle Babes opponents scored the winning goal. The Babes lined up and shook the hands of the victors.
"Good game," Hannah Bennett said.
Nobody seemed at all put out. Perhaps bowlers play for the love of the game.