January 30, 2003

Soup Supper Helps Fair Board Building Project Rocket Toward Goal

One small step for Scotland County, one giant leap for the Scotland County Fairgrounds. It wasn't a moon landing, but it was a huge advance up the fundraising chart for the new cook shack and restroom facilities at the fairgrounds when more than 200 people attended the soup supper Saturday, January 25 at the Memphis V.F.W.

Organizers estimated as much as $5,500 was raised in a little more than three hours as a packed house gathered in Memphis to help raise money for the project.

That helps the project rocket up the progress chart toward the final goal of $30,000. The fair board initially budgeted $15,000 towards the project, which got underway earlier this year with the erection of the building by Bobby Small Construction.

Saturday's fundraiser ate up more than 1/3 of the empty space on the new sign designed by the fair board to chart the project's progress.

Revenue came in from a variety of sources. Nearly $2,000 was raised in a benefit auction of items donated by area merchants for the cause.

Anita Watkins went home the winner of $1,000 in the cowless-chip bingo contest, which raised $1,000 for the fairgrounds.

A big chunk of the proceeds came from the $5-a-plate charge for the meal.

"We could not have asked for better results," said fair board member Dave Trueblood. "The community support for this project has simply been amazing. It started early in the day with people bringing in loads and loads of food and kept going throughout the evening as I don't know how many people simply walked in and handed me money even if they couldn't stay for the meal and entertainment."

Speaking of entertainment, Jim McClintic and his merry bunch of chili samplers, Rick Fisher, Tom Deberry, Lucas Mauck and Kevin Eggleston, stole the show. They kept the guests chuckling throughout the event as the five judges cast their ballots as part of the chili cook off. "Easter" Cunningham submitted the winning chili recipe, out performing eight other entries to earn top bragging rights.

Fair board members indicated the wheels are already turning for further fundraising efforts in the near future. The group currently is selling personalized bricks for the walkway between the new building and the grandstand entrance. Bricks may be purchased for $35 or two for $60. The board also unveiled a new shirt design at the soup supper celebrating the 125th year of the Scotland County Fair. The shirts are available in a variety of colors and sizes.

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