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Get in shape: The Great Beer Challenge coming Saturday to the courts of the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard

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DRINKING GAMES: THE GREAT BEER CHALLENGE Lifting weights 12 ounces at a time will get you in shape for The Great Beer Challenge coming Saturday to the courts of the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Beginning at 2 p.m., teams of four will compete in beer-centered games including corn hole, flip cup, a s …


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