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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Western Fest Sweepstakes Drive

  • On Wednesday, April 4 local non-profits in Granite Falls will rally for Western Fest 2012 with an all-city Western Fest Sweepstakes ticket drive to ramp-up the excitement level and fundraising efforts for the annual city celebration. On the night of April 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ...
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  • On Wednesday, April 4 local non-profits in Granite Falls will rally for Western Fest 2012 with an all-city Western Fest Sweepstakes ticket drive to ramp-up the excitement level and fundraising efforts for the annual city celebration.
    On the night of April 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Granite Falls Lions, Granite Falls Kiwanis, Granite Falls Ambulance and the Granite Falls Baseball Association will be canvassing the city of Granite Falls selling Western Fest Sweepstakes tickets. Tickets cost $50 and qualify a person for the annual $27,500 Western Fest Sweepstakes drawing.
    The tickets also include free admission for two adults for the Friday and Saturday night street dance at Richter Baseball Field and a 2-for-1 buffet coupon to Meadows Buffet at Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort (a major Western Fest sponsor).
    The grand prize for the sweepstakes drawing is $10,000. The drawing will be held during the Saturday night street dance with 50 winners chosen. $10 from the proceeds of each ticket sold go to the community organization selling them. During the Sweepstakes Ticket Drive on April 4, the four organizations participating will equally split the proceeds earned that night.
    “We have a pretty good little city celebration here,” said Western Fest Committee member John Richter. “I don’t want to say that (the sweepstakes tickets) make it, but they detinetly pay for it. And it’s also a nice fundraiser for these other community organizations. Every dollar spent on these tickets goes right back to the community.”
    Holly Johnson, another Western Fest committee member organizing the April 4, ticket drive, asked that Granite Falls citizens interested in purchasing tickets leave their out door lights on to help ticket sellers. She also said that ticket sellers will be leaving flyers with information on how and where people can buy tickets later if they’re not home during the ticket drive.
    “The whole point of doing it this way...,” said Johnson. “When (Butch Richter) was alive, he was a big seller for us. He’d go door-to-door every year. And it’s challenging to sell tickets. So, we said let’s try it this way this year. If we don’t ask, we can’t raise money. So this is just a great way to make it a team effort to support a community celebration.”      
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