Vegas Night fundraiser remains a hit for Fair

By: 
Theo Tate

Anna Harrell deals out cards during the Vegas Night Fundraiser on March 20 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. THEO TATE PHOTO

The Vegas Night Fundraiser was back at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on March 20.

For five hours, numerous people at the Merchants Building got to participate in horse races, play poker, roulette and cornhole and buy raffle tickets to help raise money for this year’s Montgomery County Fair, which is scheduled for July 20-24.

“It helps with the fair,” said Chasity Lichtenberg, secretary of the Montgomery County Fair Board. “It helps keep us going throughout the year. Last year, we didn’t have any income because of COVID, so we didn’t do any rentals or anything. So it helps pay all of the bills for the fair, keep the fair going and helps us hire entertainment for the year.”

This year’s event, which ended at around 11 p.m., was successful as it gave away $12,000 in prizes.

“We sold out all of our tickets the week before and we did give away the full $12,000,” Lichtenberg said. “We also did a gun raffle. The silent auction went well. We had a live auction that went well.”

The fundraiser added a “Pull and Pay” 50/50 drawing, which each person gets to pull a ticket off the board and pay the amount that is listed on the ticket.

“We added that this year instead of the standard 50/50,” Lichtenberg said. “Everyone seemed to really like that game.”

The event had a general admission ticket drawing. The 250th ticket drawn received the grand prize of $3,000.

There was also an attendance raffle contest, where each admission ticket received 25 raffle tickets. After the event is over, participants can bring their raffle tickets to the raffle table for a chance to win prizes.

The Vegas Night Fundraiser returned for its 23rd year. It is held every year in March. Last year, the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser,” Lichtenberg said. “We strive to raise between $18,000 to $20,000 during that night. We usually hit it. So we’ve been lucky for the last several years.”

The secretary said for the next several months, the fair board members will be working on preparing for the fair in July.

“We’ll start working on the grounds,” Lichtenberg said. “We’ll finish up the hog barn within the next couple of months. We put up a brand new hog barn. It started before the fair last year. But COVID put some stuff off. So we’ll finish it up this year before the fair. We put a new bleacher board in the northwest arena, so we’ll be working on that. We’ll do some maintenance on the grounds, and get them all ready and into shape.”

Last year’s fair was called off due to the pandemic.

“Not having the fair was rough,” Lichtenberg said. “We were lucky that a lot of people who had sponsorships last year went ahead and donated their money. We were able to keep afloat and keep things going. We are excited for this year. We have a lot of big activities and events planned for the week, so we’re pretty excited.”

There will be rodeos, truck and tractor pulls, livestock auctions and appearances from the Cincinnati Circus and Christian the Magician during the week of the fair.

“We are anticipating good crowds,” Lichtenberg said. “We’re trying to press and get ready for all of the events that are coming.”

Lichtenberg said the fair always gets a big turnout.

“We’ve added a lot more family friendly events and kind of gone away from adult-centered activities,” she said. “We have a new family fun center, which has all kinds of events for the younger kids who may not be ready to ride rides and stuff, so there are games and activities in there that they could do. All of that is free of charge. We try to make it a more family friendly place to come and a little more affordable.”  

 

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