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The Long Island Backyard Games return

Patrons hang out at the bar at Declan

Patrons hang out at the bar at Declan Quinn's in Bay Shore. (Feb. 5, 2010) Credit: Timothy Fadek

A Saturday afternoon at a local tavern is usually a relaxing experience, save any whooping and hollering generated by home runs and touchdowns happening on the HDTVs that hang overhead. However, on Saturday, Sept. 29, the athletic competition that will be likely drawing the most attention during the day at one Suffolk County bar will not be televised.

Returning for a second year, the Long Island Backyard Games will be taking place at Declan Quinn’s in Bay Shore, and it promises to be a spirited occasion – especially with all the “spirits” available at this spot known for its offbeat personality.

Recognized for such affairs as wig-wearing karaoke, costume parties, kickball matches and ugly Christmas sweater bashes, Declan’s once again invites Long Islanders to take part in something off the beaten path. The day starts at noon, and will pit teams of six against each other in a number of physical challenges. Events will include beach volleyball, tug-of-war, beanbag tosses and a pumpkin pie-eating contest, among other trials. Four teams will advance to the trophy-winning finals, with the ultimate winners scoring the top prize of $500.

Single players and organized teams are both invited to take part; the entrance fee for squads is $180, while those without a group can pay $35 and get placed with a crew. Keep in mind there is a strict minimum of two girls per team; any team without ladies will not be scored during the finals – on the other hand, any all-female outfit that gets involved lands a bonus five points from the get-go.

Age of admission is 21 and over; the rain date is Sunday, Sept. 30. For sign-ups and more information, check out

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