Madison Eatery Plans Festivus Fundraiser

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin restaurant is planning a Seinfeld-inspired Festivus fundraiser on Thursday night.

Quaker Steak and Lube in Middleton, located just outside of Madison, is celebrating the fake holiday made famous in a 1997 “Seinfeld” episode.

Just like those who recognize the fake holiday in the show, participants at the fundraiser will air grievances, perform feats of strength and congregate around the Festivus pole. Anyone who can defeat the restaurants chicken mascot in an arm wrestling feat of strength will win a 7-foot stainless steel Festivus pole.

Festivus seems to have taken hold for many in Wisconsin. Gov. Jim Doyle erected a Festivus pole in the governor’s mansion in 2005.

Participants in the fundraiser are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food pantry.

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