It promised to be a battle to the finish Saturday morning as a crowd of people gathered to watch Ginger-bread City public safety officials battle it out at Ennis All Star Bowl in the Bowling for Kids’ Sake fundraiser.

Waxaha-chie’s Police Chief Chuck Edge and Fire Chief David Hudgins, were warmed up and ready to demonstrate their bowling skills to raise funds for a worthy cause.

“We’re seeking to raise funds for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County and North Texas,” Edge said.

Hudgins expressed his excitement about being involved in the event.

“This is my first time to participate in an event like this to raise funds for Big Brothers and Big Sisters,” Hudgins said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Both men admitted they were a little rusty at the sport, with Hudgins adding that neither he nor Edge had been on a bowling lane in 20 years – and both seemed slightly concerned about their performance.

“Our games may end up being pretty close according to our warmups,” Edge said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

The two demonstrated a level of decorum and a gentlemanly spirit by refusing to yield to an incitement to trash talk.

“Maybe after we’ve bowled a couple of games, you might check back with us then,” Edge said with a laugh. “Actually, it’s going to depend on who’s on their game – and I think neither of us really have a game. So it may turn out to be pretty interesting. I just hope we both can make it through without getting hurt.”

The department with the highest score and or the most dollars raised will receive a traveling trophy.

Funds raised from the event will benefit Ellis County children.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.bowlforkidssakeorg.

E-mail Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com