Cow patty Bingo and Fall Festival set for this weekend

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HEGINS - If you didn't purchase your tickets for the cow patty bingo, don't worry about it, you can still come out to the Hegins Park on Saturday and enjoy a fun-filled day with the entire family.

The Tri-Valley Relay for Life is holding a cow patty bingo and fall festival this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The event will feature games for the kids, raffle baskets, face painting, hay rides and food.

What is a cow patty bingo? Tickets were sold containing two numbers on each ticket. The tickets are placed into a barrel, mixed around, and then drawn one by one in order to draw a grid which will then be painted on the field as a bingo card. Once the card is drawn, a cow will be set free in the area to do its 'natural business' and whichever number it lands on, that ticket holder will be the lucky winner of $500 cash. Each person holding a ticket with the number on the blocks surrounding the winning patty will also be given $100 each. This event is being run by Sam Bordner of Hegins who has done cow patty bingos in the past for the West End Outlaws. Depending on ticket sales, there may be some last minute tickets available for purchase.

Activities will be going on in the park throughout the day. DJ Golddust will provide musical entertainment during the entire event. Various Relay teams will have games set up for a nominal fee. Each player will receive a prize of some kind. There will be games such as ring toss, win a goldfish, pitch to win, lucky ducks, bobbing for apples, pick a pop and other games and activities to do throughout the park.

Randy Bloch and family will provide hayrides. The Willing Walkers Team will offer a make it and take it scare crow stand. Clothes and straw will be provided so that children can design their own scarecrow and take it home with them.

Deb Blazer and Jen Neye will be painting faces during the event. There will be some fun for the entire family.

Those attending are encouraged to come hungry. There will be baked goods available, fresh cut french fries, David A. Lucas' homemade soups, hamburgers and hot dogs.

"This is our first attempt at holding an event like this," said Curtis Zemencik, co-organizer and co-chairperson of the Relay for Life. "We are very grateful to the Tyler Stiely Committee who so graciously gave their support and the use of the games from their event. We hope to share the message of the American Cancer Society by sharing information of the services that are offered to cancer patients and preventive measures that can be taken."

Besides all the fun and games, there will be a table set up with representatives from the American Cancer Society who will share information and services that are available to people with cancer.

"This is a time for friends and family to gather in the beautiful Hegins Park and have some family fun, sit back and relax and enjoy the fall beauty."

All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Tri-Valley.

Raffle baskets will be on display and tickets will be sold until 4 p.m. Persons don't need to be present to win raffle baskets or the cow patty bingo.

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