With not even a week of prep time a group of individuals pulled off a fundraiser, generating over $8,000 to help repair livestock facilities at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Countryfied took the stage in the large pavilion tent at the fairgrounds Sunday night for the Last Chance Summer Dance, where about 350 people gathered to have a good time on the holiday weekend and help raise money for the cause.
The organizing committee, consisting of Kelly Simmelink, JR Brooks, Andrea Brown and Mark Wunsch, came up with the idea on Aug. 28, giving them only about three days to pull it off.
"Countryfied was the first domino to fall, agreeing late Wednesday evening," said Brooks. "Then it all kind of fell into place over the next three days."
Posts went out on social media to spread the word the group of organizers continued to get other people involved.
There were many local food vendors and fun things for kids to do.
"One particular vendor, Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon owner, Rod McGuire, walked up and donated 100% of his take for the night serving meals in excess of $1,000," said Brown.
On top of the $5 entry fee, all of which went straight to the cause, other personal donations were made throughout the night, pushing that fundraiser over the $8,000 mark.
According to Simmelink, many of the livestock buildings that the 4-H'ers and FFA kids use at fair are in need of repairs and the goal of the event was to put together a fun end of summer community event while also addressing the problem. He said that many FFA members and 4-H'ers attended Sunday night.
"We are working with the county and the Fair Board to come up with a priority plan to make improvements," said Wunsch, president of Jefferson County Livestock Association, which puts on the fair auction each year.
"At one point in the night I asked the crowd if they wanted to make this an annual event and they overwhelmingly cheered yes", said Simmelink."With the busy Labor Day holiday and such a short notice, I think we did pretty darn well and I am awfully proud of what our little communities can do for the kids!"
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