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Fair fundraiser a success

By Staff | Feb 27, 2015

Submitted Fair board member Mark Thiel (left) and Todd Lysne help out with a live auction during the Feb. 21 Pierce County Fair fundraiser at the Rugby Eagles.

The Pierce County Fair Board put on another successful fundraising supper and auction last week at the Rugby Eagles club.

This year’s event brought in an estimated 250 people and more than $29,000, surpassing last year’s revenue by $5,000. Of the funds raised, $21,900 came from a live auction, about $2,200 came from dinner sales and about $1,600 came from a silent auction.

Numerous items were up for auction this year, including NDSU, UND and Rugby Panther memorabilia, hotel stays, steak dinners, tools, a neon John Deere sign and patio furniture.

“Everybody, from what I heard, said the food was excellent,” said board president Don Jelsing. “There were no complaints about the game, everyone thought that was funny and entertaining. And I felt the auction went well too.”

One new feature at this year’s event was the use of televisions. Attendees got to see picture presentations of past fairs, and got to see items they were bidding on during the auction.

“Having the auction visible on the TV’s really helped,” said board member Dondi Sobolik.

Jelsing said one part of this year’s auction that will be changed for next year was how hotel stays were sold. This year hotel certificates were sold on decreasing scale; they started at 6 p.m. that evening at a cost of $90, which then dropped in value after 30 minutes.

Other items of consideration for next year included more items for women and children, more detailed and consistent explanations of items, starting the auction at an earlier time, and whether to include multiple receiving lines for the dinner.

Attendees got the opportunity to see Stylin’ You and Envision employees face off in a take on “Family Feud” at the end of the night.

“The success that we had with this fundraiser, and people coming out on a cold night was a pure sign that they have solidified the county fair as something they want to have around, that it’s marked as one the big events of the summer for families to attend in the Pierce County area,” Jelsing said. “They not only look forward to the fair, but they’re also there to support it beforehand.”

The 2015 Pierce County Fair will run July 1-5.

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