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Toilet Bowl Challenge flush with popularity

Event among those coming up at Maple Park Fun Fest

MAPLE PARK – Now in its 10th year, the Toilet Bowl Challenge has become a signature event at the Maple Park Fun Fest, which is being held Saturday through Monday.

“We get a lot of people who show up and see it,” said Pat Mundinger, who organizes the event every year for the Maple Park American Legion Post 312. “The only disappointment I have is that there are not more people participating.”

This year, two teams have signed up so far. But Mundinger said that’s typical for the race.

“I don’t know who is showing up until right before the race starts,” he said.

The Toilet Bowl Challenge will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Those who want to sign up for the race can call Mundinger at 630-774-9288.

The rules of the race are simple: teams must have three people – one person will “steer” the toilet and the other two people will push. A new driver must be in place at the race’s halfway mark, and no motors can be used.

The team that wins first place will receive a $100 prize. In addition, $50 will be awarded for second place and $25 for third place. The team chosen Best of Show will receive a $100 prize.

Over the years, Mundinger said he has seen many interesting entries in the Toilet Bowl Challenge. He said the teams come up with unusual names, such as Pot of Gold and The Turdminators.

“A lot of times people come up with crazy costumes,” Mundinger said.

Maple Park American Legion Post 312 also is sponsoring a car show, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in Maple Park. To register, go to Maple Park American Legion’s website,

Other activities include a craft and vendor show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and a fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. There is a rain date of 8:30 p.m. Monday for the fireworks show.

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