Remember the old Dunkin Donuts commercial? “Time to make the donuts...”
For a lot of Salado students, life becomes kind of like that. “Time to feed the animals.”
For students in 4-H, FFA and FCCLA, the months leading up to the Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show are busy ones, getting projects ready for the show in hopes of making the auction at the end of the show in February.
After the countless hours the students put in, the Salado Youth Fair Boosters want to make sure that they don’t let them down.
That’s why they hold their annual Reverse Raffle and Dinner, which will be Oct. 5 at Tenroc Ranch. Tickets for the event are available.
The Reverse Raffle is the only fundraiser that the Youth Fair Booster holds. It allows the group to purchase and add-on to the purchase of projects by Salado students that make the auction at the end of the weeklong Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show in February. Funds are used to pay point money to Salado students who participate in the Bell County Youth Fair. Every Salado participant in the Youth Fair will get a check for participating in addition to point money earned. For many of the students, funds generated by the sale of their projects are used to help pay for college or trade school after graduation. Students spend hours and months preparing for the Bell County Show and Salado traditionally has a large portion of the 150 or so projects in the auction. Unlike some of the larger communities in Bell County, Salado does not have the large number of corporate sponsors to buy those projects.
So the Youth Fair Boosters step in to either purchase these projects outright or add-on to the purchase price paid for by local businesses such as First State Bank.
All proceeds from the Reverse Raffle support Salado FFA, 4-H and FCCLA participants who show a project at the Youth Fair. Each participant who shows receive funds.
Tickets for the Reverse Raffle are $150 and only 250 will be sold. The tickets will admit two to the dinner and raffle. A ribeye steak dinner will precede the auction.
Three top prizes will be drawn during the Reverse Raffle. Top prize is a Polaris Ranger 500 Crew valued at $9,500, second prize is a barbecue trailer from Kempner equipment valued at $3,800, and third is a $250 VISA gift card.