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The combination of toilets and a good aim is always a fine idea, but especially so in conjunction with a community fundraising venture. In this case, being on the mark is a very public group activity in the form of the Plunger Plop event set for September 21 in Elmira.

Organized by Elmira and St. Jacobs Optimist Clubs, the event combines the accuracy of horseshoes and the speed of curling but with just two simple things: toilets and plungers.

“It brings people together and allows them to do something new and different, it allows them to be a bit competitive in a fun atmosphere,” said event organizer Bob Wilbur.

In just its third year, the plop has no previous records to beat, Wilbur says, making this the perfect opportunity for people to get competitive and make their mark.

The test of accuracy is a group competition where four people make up a team, but single entrants are welcome.

“Everyone will be welcomed and can join in on the fun, we supply everything, people just need to register and show up,” Wilbur explained.

Following a tournament format, each member of a team will get two plungers that they will be able to throw at their toilet. There is a ring around the toilet that helps tally the points so as long as you get the plunger in the ring or in the toilet a point will be allocated to the team. Members will go back and forth throwing the plungers in 15 minute-rounds, after that the points are counted and added to the total.

The first round will begin at 9 a.m. and will run until noon, followed by the final round where the top teams will compete for trophies.

“The trophies have become a bit of a coveted item to those people who win them – they’re little bronze toilets. Once people see them, they go ‘hey I want to win one of those,’” Wilbur added with a laugh.

The event first started three years ago, inspired by the Alma Optimist Club that had been running a Plunger Plop for years, explains Wilbur. With all the success from the event, the Elmira and St. Jacobs clubs started their own, hoping to have a similar good response from the community.

“We just saw the fun that people had and the way it brought people together,” said Wilbur.

There will be a barbeque lunch available at the day of the competition and those proceeds along with what is raised at the event will go towards the Optimist Club, which focuses on providing activities for the youth in the community. As a fairly new initiative, Wilbur and the rest of the Optimist Clubs hope to see a bigger turnout this year compared to the previous two years.

“As the numbers grow, we’re hoping it grows over time, too.”

Registering a team costs $100, a process that can be done online via the Optimist Club website. The event will take place at Gale Presbyterian Church in Elmira on September 21, rain or shine, so participants are asked to prepare for any weather. More information about the event and how to register for the event can be found online at www.optimistplungerplop.com/register.


  1. Question: Did some toilet supplier donate the toilets, or maybe rent them for this event? If not, buying them outright would be a very high up front cost.

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