WHAT: Saturday Afternoon Bingo WHERE: The Blazing Saddle, 416 E. 5th St., Des Moines WHO: A packed house featuring a crowd of attendees playing bingo, watching TV, or hanging out. The weekly bingo events raise money for charity. WHEN: June 26, 2021 WHAT ELSE IS COMING UP THERE: Bingo today (starting 2 p.m.) and every Saturday; Gear Night for Iowa Leather Weekend tonight; The Graveyard drag show Sunday.
A table of friends enjoy a packed Bingo on Sat., June 26. The Blazing Saddle holds Bingo for charity every Saturday, starting at 2 p.m.
Bartender Eric serves a large and diverse crowd at The Blazing Saddle’s Bingo Sat., June 26.
A group of women at The Blazing Saddle’s recent Bingo gathering take time out from the game, their drinks and pizza for a group pic.
Robert xxxx, owner of The Blazing Saddle, sits in his traditional seat at the bar.
Bingo brings smiles to crowds every Saturday at The Blazing Saddle in Des Moines.
Players focus on the game!
Some folks attend just for the ambience, even if they’re not playing bingo.
Robert Eikleberry, owner of The Blazing Saddle, and friend Greg Ross chat outside the front of The Blazing Saddle.
The emcee calls out Bingo numbers on a microphone during The Blazing Saddle’s weekly Bingo fun, every Saturday afternoon.
Eikleberry and patrons watch their bingo cards and the TV during a recent Saturday afternoon charity game.
A patron enjoys bingo, and shark glasses, at The Blazing Saddle on a recent Saturday afternoon.
Eric, one of The Blazing Saddle’s bartenders, serves a busy crowd during a recent Saturday afternoon.
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