Let’s go bowling! Aberdeen event hails ‘The Big Lebowski’

July 22, 2021 GMT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota family enamoured with the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski” is putting on its own festival to celebrate the cult classic, albeit with a different name from the other celebrations.

The inaugural DudeFest is scheduled Saturday afternoon at The Village Bowl in Aberdeen, an idea that Tony Zerr and some of his family members have tossed around for a couple of years.

The Coen Brothers film stars Jeff Bridges as the main character, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski. A ne’er-do-well who does little aside from bowling, his easy-going life is complicated when he’s mistaken for a millionaire of the same name and the wealthier Lebowski’s wife is kidnapped.

Lebowski Fests are common across the country but since that name is copyrighted, Zerr came up with a different moniker. But the idea is the same, the Aberdeen American News reported.


“We took the original Lebowski Fest idea where it’s, ‘Hey, come to a bowling alley, bowl, get drinks, dress up and have a good time,’ but we did a lot more with it,” Zerr said.

Activities include a showing of the film, a Persian rug raffle, a photoshoot, a band concert and various contests for prizes, such as for crappy car, costume and trivia.