Bell County 4-H fundraiser a success
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
The Bell County 4-H Hunter's Spectacular was a fundraising success on Saturday night as hundreds of people filled the room at the Expo Center.
Tickets were only $5 per person and included fajita dinner and being included in the raffle. Many supporters, however, bought numerous tickets to increase their odds in the raffle.
Filing in and filling the entrance area of the Expo, dozens of people waited for the doors to open at 6.
Promptly at 6, the doors were opened and the crowd unleashed through the doors, dropping off raffle stubs on their way through the door. Some created a line for dinner while others took the opportunity to start bidding on the silent auction items. Children were treated to a game area that was hosted by the 4-H group who helped the little ones throw washers, fish for prizes, play bingo, toss rings, or get their faces painted. There were attractions for all ages including candy and delectable cupcakes, a cake walk game that attracted moms, dads and kids alike, and Academy Sporting Goods offered a booth with prizes and a display of hunting gear.
At 7 and 7:30 the two portions of the silent auction were closed and the winner's named retrieved their gift baskets, coolers or hunting gear. Shortly thereafter the raffle started, which seemed to draw the most attention. One by one, 20 guns were given away including rifles and shotguns. They also gave away hunting blinds, archery equipment and taxidermy services.
All proceeds went to benefit the Bell County 4-H.
The 2013 Hunter's Spectacular is now in the planning stages. Anyone who would like to sponsor the event can do so by contacting the Texas AgriLife Extension Office at (254)933-5305. Sponsorship packages start at $250.