Cash-A-Fair 2014 & Celebrating our 175th Anniversary Year

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Despite the snow, cold, wind, and whatever else Mother Nature had in store for us on February 8, the night of our annual Cash-A-Fair fundraiser, the event was a huge success. All tickets available were sold out before the doors opened.  Delicious appetizers preceded the evening’s equally delicious dinner catered by Karen & John DeCoster from B & D Catering. The dessert table offered a host of pie choices and ice cream.

Colorful light spikes and festive paper balloons enhanced the Merchant’s Building and a professional backdrop housed the main stage. Guests perused the silent auction tables all evening for that certain treasure destined to become the property of the highest bidder. Country concert star information identified each silent auction table; a unique idea for announcing the auction schedule as well as providing memories of fairs gone by when stars like Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, and the Oak Ridge Boys graced our Grandstand stage.

Several games of chance were entertaining to play and promised a prize for the lucky winners. A gun raffle with only 52 tickets offered for sale was very popular. Patrons also joined in the fun Coverall forms, Heads or Tails, 50/50 drawing, last chance drawing and if they wished to participate, ticket resale. One of the main events was the live auction. Thanks to the many auction contributors for their donations and gifts. This auction offered a large variety of items drawing friendly competition among bidders. In fact, one carrot cake sold for $500 and no, it didn’t reflect diamond carats but was a jewel among pastries.

The other main event was the reverse raffle showcasing the last tickets to be drawn from the barrel. Ten lucky ticket holders lined up for the final draw and the fortunate final 3 winners were:

  • 3rd place : Dawn & Jason Fisher
  • 2nd place : Allison Ott
  • 1st place : Brady Ferris

Our Cash-A-Fair not only has proved to be a helpful financial activity for the fair, it has become an annual event of fun and festivities that we all look forward to and enjoy. The Lenawee County Fair was ultimately the winner thanks to our guests, our volunteers, and our sponsors. Profits from this event will be divided between 1/3 toward debt reduction, 1/3 toward 4-H and Open Class premium payments, and 1/3 fair improvement. Thank you to any and all who were a part of this success.

See you at the 2014 Lenawee County Fair. “The Best is Yet to Come!” for our 175th anniversary year.

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