How to Earn Money With a Cow Patty Bingo Fundraiser
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How to Earn Money With a Cow Patty Bingo Fundraiser

For your next fundraiser, you may wish to try holding a "cow patty bingo" event. The game tends to draw in quite a crowd and people are willing to pay for a charity event if they're having fun. The rules of the game are included! Just add a cow, a crowd and have fun while you earn money for your group or charity.

 If your group is looking for a new outlook on fundraising that draws a good crowd, you might want to look in to one of the funniest aspects of raising money for groups – cow patty bingo.

The latest cow patty bingo was played in Halifax, Canada, where charitable folks turned out to pay a few bucks to play. Money earned from the event went to The United Way. Various other organizations have used the “game” to gain funding for their group as well, such as the Lanesville Junior and Senior High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2009 or the 1994 Charles P. Allen high School event that was followed by another community event too – the chasing down of a cow that got loose.

The Ferndale Kiwanis has sponsored a Cow Pie Bingo event with all three winners walking away with hundreds of dollars from the “landing” of three cow patties in their squares.

It is stated that “you know you are in the heart of Texas when you play bingo with cows.” One lucky radio listener won tickets to see Rascal Flatts in concert through Clear 99 radio station. They created their own style of cow patty bingo which brought many listeners out for the fun.

If you have ever wanted something new to bring on the funding for your favorite charity or local group, here are the rules to the latest fad in fund raising activities.

The Rules for Cow Patty Bingo:

· Fence off an area that is large enough to contain one through three cows. Remember, this can take from a few minutes to several hours.

· With paint, chalk or whatever will work best for your space, mark off squares that are large enough to allow the cow pie to fit, but also small enough to make the game interesting.

· Design a chart that displays the squares on the “board”.

· Sell each square in ticket form to sell to patrons.

· While the cow or cows are rambling around in the marked off area, sell food or coffee. You can earn extra money selling pizza slices, hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee, candy, soda, popcorn, pretzels and chips. Sell cow-shaped cookies or create cookies that resemble cow patties! This is a great time to sell items and gain extra funding for your group or charity.

· Once the cow or cows have lifted their tails and made their choice of which square will win, or have lasted through a designated time frame without doing anything, give away your predetermined prizes or money or draw a name from a bag or hat if the cows don't go.

· Finish your event with a barbecue or have a local band play for the program.

This is a great way to earn extra money for your group or charity. People tend to have a good time and are willing to spoon out some extra cash for the fun they have. Before the event, be sure to advertise either on a website or through a local newspaper. Posting banners on poles and in stores throughout the city is another way to ensure the word is spread well about your event. 

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