There is a little tradition that takes place in Dundalk on Thanksgiving Day, and it doesn’t involve parades, turduckens or food comas.
It’s the Toilet Bowl, and the name is appropriate: teams from Essex and Dundalk play a tackle football game to determine which community must claim “ownership” of the Back River Sewage Treatment Plant.
(And yes, it’s the losers who own the plant for the next year.)
This year’s Toilet Bowl will have added significance.
A regular participant in the game, Brandon Boemmel of Edgemere, passed away last summer. This year’s game will be dedicated to Brandon.
As a memorial for Brandon, his family will provide shirts for the players in this year’s game, and will be accepting donations towards starting a scholarship in Brandon’s name at his alma mater, Sparrows Point High.
The scholarship will be awarded to a male and female graduating senior at Sparrows Point.
The game is held at Sparrows Point High School and starts at 9 a.m. Participants should arrive at 8:45 a.m. to organize teams and receive the shirts.
In order to make sure enough shirts are available, players should visit the Toilet Bowl Event page on Facebook and indicate their interest in participating.
The game has so grown in popularity, there are now usually enough players to form four teams. It is also becoming more of a popular tradition to play a pick-up football game on Thanksgiving morning, without the ownership of the sewage treatment plant at stake.