Dunbar’s Commode Bowl celebrates 75 years of small town tradition – Gallery

By Matthew Young, RealWV

DUNBAR, W.Va. – Thursday marked the 75th meeting of the Hillside Rams and the River Rats, as Dunbar’s two teams competed in the city’s annual Commode Bowl. Dunbar residents have honored this Thanksgiving tradition every year since 1948, as a celebration of friendship, unity, and community togetherness.

As reported last week by RealWV’s Joe Severino, to honor the city’s tradition, “Residents hold a fun, upbeat parade down Dunbar Avenue mid-day on Thanksgiving. It’s followed by a tackle football game at Dunbar Middle School (formerly Dunbar High). Canned goods and other donated items are collected at the game.”

Read Joe Severino’s full article on the Commode Bowl here.

The River Rats rush for a touchdown on their opening drive. Video by Matthew Young, RealWV.
The Hillside Rams are unsuccessful on a pass attempt. Despite failing to score on their first possession, the Rams went on to win the game by the score of 22-14. Video by Matthew Young, RealWV.

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