graphic by louise dolby

Most weekends, throwing sharp metal objects while you’re at the bar is a sure-fire way to get tossed out the front door.

This weekend, it could win you a free dinner, some headphones or even a tour of Hearst Castle.

The Cal Poly Dart Club will be hosting the first annual Dart-Off Tournament on Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m., at the Frog & Peach Pub, located at 728 Higuera St in downtown San Luis Obispo. For a mere $3, you can enter to compete for several prizes donated by local businesses.

“The tournament is going to be ridiculously fun. It’s basically playing darts, drinks and winning prizes well beyond what the entry fee is going to be,” journalism junior Amanda Samonte said.

“The local businesses around here have been so charitable to us,” said industrial technology senior and club vice president, Kevin Barnett, in a press release. “We plan on giving out some cool headphones from Audio Ecstasy and tour passes to Hearst Castle.”

The Cal Poly Dart Club was formed just one year ago, and meets on Tuesdays at Frog and Peach. After realizing that a large proportion of their members would soon be graduating, the club decided to host the tournament to attract some new recruits.

All proceeds from the event will support the preservation of the dart club. For anybody interested in joining, the tournament would be an opportunity to see what the club is all about.

“It’s really casual. All the guys on the team are really cool,” said journalism senior Cory Harris, a member of the dart club. “You don’t have to be really good or anything like that. It’s more about just making friends.”

Daniel Manalo, a graphic communication senior, is both the president and founder of the club. Manalo agreed that the club is about having a good time just as much as it is about playing darts.

“This should be a great event to meet new people and have a good time on a Saturday afternoon,” Manalo said in a press release. “You don’t have to be a skilled dart thrower to play in this club.”

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