Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon has, for over 20 years, been a slice of rural Texas in the heart of urban Austin. Every Sunday, they host Chicken Shit Bingo, an event that draws large crowds. People come for the chickens and stay for the cheap beer and live honky tonk music.
A couple attends Chicken Shit Bingo on Feb. 26, 2017. The inside of Ginny’s is so small that the large crowds overflow to the back parking lot.
Chicken Shit Bingo draws locals from all over Austin as well as tourists. Old, rusted trucks are lined up behind Ginny’s in the back parking lot where many attendees hang out before festivities begin.
There are four rounds of bingo played every Sunday starting at 4pm. People rush to form long lines to buy a ticket as there are a limited number per game.
The buy-in to play Chicken Shit Bingo is $2 and the "bingo board" only has 60 numbers.
For each round, the chicken is released into an enclosure on top of a grid of numbers.
The chicken picks at the scratch as the audience anxiously awaits to see which number will be the lucky winner.
Bingo players crowd around the enclosure and wait with excitement for the chicken to “shit” on a number.
One of the winners - there can sometimes be more than one - receives her winnings from the musician.
Winners of each round can win up to $100, a pretty nice return for a small $2 buy in.
Attendees often hang out in front of the bar on their tailgate with buckets of beer.
The large crowds start to dwindle once the sun goes down.
There is always live music at Ginny's. The dance floor is small, and the stage is even smaller, but that never stops people from grabbing a dance partner to do some two-stepping.