Who knows what candle pin bowling is?? Most likely, very few of you do. However, candle pin bowling dates all the way back to 1880!
Candle Pin bowling is a variation of bowling that was invented by a local bowling center owner in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is only really played in the Canadian Maritime provinces and in the New England states of the U.S.
Like all forms of bowling, the players roll balls down a wooden pathway lane to knock down as many pins as possible. However, in candlepin bowling the player gets three balls per frame, rather than two; that’s because the balls are much smaller (4½ inch diameter) with each ball weighing as much as only one candlepin and has no finger holes. The pins are thinner than traditional ‘duckpins’ for 10 pin bowling (hence the name “candlepin”), and thus harder to knock down. Downed wood pins are not cleared away between balls during a player’s turn either. So because of these differences, scoring points is considerably more difficult than in tenpin bowling, and the highest officially sanctioned score ever recorded is 245 out of a possible 300 points
The October, 2016 Return of the Pumpkin People festival actually featured a display about candle pin bowling. In the photo entitled “Creepy Candle Pins”, players remove their pumpkin heads to toss down the wooden lane at the smiling duckpins. Obviously there is some confusion between whether our Pumpkinheads are playing Candle pin or duckpin bowling, but nevertheless the scene is humorous!
You can find a few candle pin bowling alleys in New Hampshire. And for more insightful activities in New Hampshire, check out the self tour guides at funexcursionsinabox.com