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The $10,000 Cow Pie

April 27, 2009 - Ron Deuter
I never got the chance to cover a Kingsford home football game last season, so I had never been inside Flivver Field. Little did I think that my first trip to the field would be to sit in misty 40-degree weather waiting for a cow to fertilize the grass. But that’s exactly what I found myself doing Saturday afternoon as the Kingsford High School Academic Booster Club held their second annual Udderly Amazing Fundraiser Drawing. For those unfamiliar with this event, it’s a raffle with a top prize of $10,000 and 20 prizes of $100. What they do is bring a cow onto the field which is lined with some 300 spray-painted squares. Wherever the cow decides to “go” is the winning square. Tickets went for $100 per square. All the entries were concealed in envelopes and stapled randomly to a big board of corresponding squares, so those holding entries didn’t know which square they had. There was a two-hour limit for the cow to take care of business, otherwise a square would have been randomly selected. The school had full concessions available and a live band playing to help pass the time while the cow paced the field. Thankfully for those enduring the cold, wet conditions, the cow complied within the first half hour. While many entries were groups of people who shared the $100 fee, this year’s $10,000 prize went to a single lucky person. My wife bought a ticket with some co-workers, which is why we were there. No luck this time around, not even one of the $100 prizes. I couldn’t help but think it would be more interesting if you knew which square you had ahead of time. Spray paint numbers onto each square and assign a number to each ticket. Imagine the cheers from the stands each time the cow took a step into a new square. All in all, I thought this was a clever event, and I look forward to getting my own ticket next year.


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