CROWN POINT │ Every year there is something new to do at the Lake County Fair.
This year it's bunco, a dice game that has origins dating back to the 1800s.
Wednesday was 107.1 The Z Bunco Night in the Radio One showcase tent at the 161st Lake County Fair.
“We were just looking to do some new and different types of things that we haven’t done in the past,” said Karl Berner, Radio One promotions director. “There seems to be resurgence in bunco. We also wanted a different experience for people who might be in bunco clubs or groups to come out and play with different people, so maybe they can get to make some new friendships.”
Some of those who came out to play were friends Dawn Eggert, of Lowell, and Kandy Whisenhunt, of Cedar Lake. The duo was one of the teams that signed up to play for a chance to win cash prizes.
“It’s something to do and it’s fun," Eggert said. “You’re always rotating (during the game) and meeting new people.”
Melissa Marshall is a marketing consultant at Radio One, where she’s considered the “go-to” person for bunco. She plays in a league with friends and said it’s getting more popular with younger women.
“It’s like a girls’ night in,” she said.
Marshall said the fair is typically a family event “but now you can get together with your girlfriends.”
Emceeing the event was 107.1 morning host Annie Fox.
“I just like how everyone is going to come out and there’s no pressure and a chance to win,” she said.
“The good thing about bunco is it’s a gossip night. You get to hang out with your girls and gossip. That’s kind of what it’s all about. If you win something, great, if you don’t, you had a good time.”