Twin boys try their hand at washer pitching, September 1999. Photo courtesy Pond River Lodge #244
State Washer Pitching Tournament
Appearing in the 1920s as a popular variation to
horseshoe pitching, washer pitching is highlighted in its annual
tournament in Greenville, Kentucky, sponsored by Pond River Lodge
#244. Prior to 1980, the tournament was confined to Muhlenberg
County, but in that year, the Governor John Y. Brown of Kentucky
declared the Greenville contest a statewide championship. Washers,
2.25 inches in diameter, are thrown to holes of a bit wider
circumference spaced 30 feet apart, with participants standing 25
to 30 feet from the hole. The scoring is similar to that in the
game of horseshoes. Twenty-one points win the game, but the game
must be won by two points or more.
Washer pitching has grown in popularity for two
reasons: 1) washers are lighter than horseshoes, requiring less
physical size and strength of participants; 2) washers are, quite
simply, easy to come by. Because size and strength are not a
factor, children as young as six may participate on an equal basis
Project documentation comprises 10 pages of text, 26
color photographs, newspaper clippings, flyers, several sample
washers, and a videotape of a WEHT news segment on the
Originally submitted by: Ed Whitfield, Representative (1st District).
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