The annual Wauseon Homecoming is anticipated by many, but putting on the event doesn’t come cheap.
For that reason, the 2017 Homecoming Committee will present the 6th Annual Wauseon Homecoming Reverse Raffle on Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 4 p.m., at the St. Caspar Catholic Church Parish Life Center. It will be an evening of 50/50 raffles, horse races, live and silent auctions, a Big 6 wheel, and, of course, the reverse raffle, all for the 21 and over crowd.
The reverse raffle will award $2,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $250 for third place. In a reverse raffle, tickets are pulled one by one from a till, with every 25th ticket receiving a prize. The last three tickets pulled are the major winners.
The event’s $40 ticket cost includes an all you can eat dinner provided by Mancini’s Italian Eatery of Archbold. It will be served with a choice of soft drinks, beer or wine from The Corks Winery in Fayette.
Musical entertainment with be provided by siblings Cassidy and Webb Wells.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, at Joe Newlove Real Estate and Auctions, 145 S. Fulton St., in Wauseon, and by calling Jamie Myers at 419-583-6345. Of 350 available tickets, about 200 have been sold.
All of the proceeds go toward financing the Wauseon Homecoming, to be held this year July 27-29. Homecoming Committee Co-Chair Jayme Hahn said members would like to raise $10,000 at the event, which is the main fundraiser.
“If we don’t get support here we can’t have Homecoming,” she said.
The cost of putting on the summer festival is between $40,000 and $60,000. That includes money raised through the annual Homecoming raffle which offers a substantial prize.
Myers said each year $5,000 of Homecoming proceeds go to support the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, and another $5,000 is contributed to the Fourth of July fireworks fund.
“This is what helps our parks, our community to be better,” she said.
Mike Wilke, a member of the Homecoming’s Entertainment Committee for over a decade, said this year’s event will continue the tradition of vendors’ booths, children’s rides, the Queen’s Pageant, and Battle of the Bands. But he added, “We’re always looking for new stuff.”
That includes new committee members with fresh ideas.
“We always have a place for people,” Wilke said. “It gives them the opportunity to see what the big festival is all about. It’s a great community experience. Especially when people come up and tell you they like what you did.”
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.