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Annual Cow-A-Bunga Bingo Raffle Fundraiser for CAER Food Shelf
Well it is that time of year again, summer is upon us which means that it is time for the annual Cow-A-Bunga Bingo Raffle to raise money for the CAER Food Shelf. Last year, the event was a huge success and we raised over $4300 for CAER.
Our annual event is held the Sunday of the Sherburne County Fair. We hope all of you will purchase a square on the grid and come on out to the Sherburne County Fairgrounds to cheer on the cows and let the chips fall where they may!
This unique fundraiser is also known as a Cow Chip Raffle or Cow Pie Bingo in some parts of the country and what better place to have this event than at a local county fair? It sure was a 'moo'-ving experience and everyone seemed to have a fun time. The good news is that the cows let their chips fall in just 10 minutes.
Our 2009 Cow-A-Bunga Bingo Raffle at the Sherburne County Fair raised $4300 for the CAER Food Shelf!
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What the heck is a Cow-A-Bunga Bingo or Cow Chip Raffle anyway?
Game Concept: A grid of 1200 equally sized 2 foot by 2 foot squares will be painted on a field at the Sherburne County Fairgrounds. The field sits at the center of all the fair action so there is plenty of room for spectators. Before and during the fair, numbered raffle tickets to each specific grid square will be sold for $5 each.
On Sunday July 18, 2010; the $1000 grand prize winner will be selected by the random dropping of a cow pie on the grid-covered field. At 4 PM, one or two well fed cows will be led on the field to let the chips fall where they may. If a cow pie has not materialized within 1 hour from the start time, a winner will be determined by a random drawing.
The winner need not be present to win. However, we highly encourage spectators to come cheer on the cows as the chips fall at this event. It will surely bring a smile to your face!
Photo Credits: 2008 Avon Historical Society Cow Chip Raffle
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The Game Rules
The 1200 raffle tickets (grid squares) will be sold prior to the designated event time, but not after the event begins.
Persons must be 18 or older to purchase a ticket and/or win a prize.
Raffle ticket holder need not be present to win.
A computer randomizer will be used to generate a random numbered grid that will be printed on a large sheet of paper and subsequently placed in an envelope or tube that is sealed and signed by two judges.
At the designated time of 4 PM on Sunday July 18, one or two cows will be led into the grid area by an appropriate handler and let free to roam within the area until a cow pie is placed on a grid or the one hour time allotment has expired. Upon completion of a cow pie or one hour time allotment, the cow will be escorted out of the area by the handler and the independent judges (who are not allowed to participate in the raffle) will determine the results. If there is no cow pie, the winner will be determined by a drawing.
Spectators cannot interfere with the progress of the event on the fenced/roped off gridded field.
The grid containing the biggest volume of cow pie from the 1st dropped cow pie as determined by a panel of 3 independent judges will be the grand prize winner of $1000. ALL decisions by the judges are final.
If a cow pie lands on a grid which is determined to be an "unsold" grid, the winner will be the closest "sold" grid square in proximity (by actual measured distance) to the cow pie.
Winner will be announced via the fair PA system and posted in the raffle tent.
Any disputes or claims must be registered with the judges and may be forwarded to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.
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CAER Food Shelf Information
CAER is a non-profit, community-based Christian organization, whose mission is to provide emergency food, clothing, furniture/household items, special assistance, and limited financial assistance to individuals and families in need.
CAER was founded in 1979 as a vision of the local ministerial association. Churches, schools, youth groups, civic organizations and businesses have joined hands in a wonderful community effort to help those in need.
CAER personnel and service coordinators are available to reach out and lend a hand, to help with problems until a permanent solution is found, to provide emotional reassurance during stressful times and to provide tangible help without all the 'red tape'.
Monies raised for the Cow-A-Bunga Bingo Raffle will be used to fund the CAER Food Shelf mission and provide tangible help to those families in need around Elk River and surrounding areas.
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Planning A Raffle In Your Town?
Here are some of my tips that I learned during the planning process.
Before you even get started, check with your state gambling board to see if cow chip, cow-a-bunga, or cow pie bingo raffles are legal in your state. Some states do not allow this sort of 'alternative' raffle. And in Minnesota where we are conducting our raffle, they have an entire page of rules regarding how the raffle must be conducted (right down to non-transparent envelopes).
If you are an individual trying to raise funds for say a cancer patient, you'll likely need to run the raffle through a non-profit organization in order to be exempt from state gambling rules which prohibit most raffles.
Check with local city and county officials regarding their gambling rules and permit requirements.
Make the grid sized based on the number of tickets you think you can actually sell. In smaller towns and for smaller events, consider having 500 to 750 squares.
Don't get greedy and charge too much for tickets. Price your tickets to sell.
Have a detailed plan for selling tickets. For example if you are part of an organization, 'require' that all your members sell at least 4 tickets. The bottom line is that you need a game plan up front to make sure that all the tickets get sold.
Find someone that has paint equipment specifically for fields (e.g. football fields). The rolling sprayers require special paint, but they are essential in getting straight high-quality lines.
Having a raffle at the fair has its own special requirements and associated 'issues'. You will need liability insurance and fair officials to agree to a large area for your grid. I suggest having a volunteer coordinator who finds and keeps track of the tent/booth ticket selling volunteers, the cow handlers, field painters, judges, etc. Have banners made that go around the entire field that direct people to your tent. Some companies like Pepsi will actually donate large plastic banners (not the inexpensive paper ones that you see as baby shower decorations) to causes that they deem worthy. At our booth, we also had games for kids like a lollipop pull so we had lots of little trinkets like mini cow candles and barnyard themed cheap favors to give away as prizes.
Most of all, try to have fun!
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