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OREGON, Ill. — The Oregon Trail Days Festival has kicked off its 50/50 raffle for the July 20-21 event. One winner could take home up to $5,000 — or more.
Tickets are being sold right now and will be sold up until 4 p.m., Sunday, July 21. The winning ticket will be chosen at 4 p.m. at the Information Tent at Lowden State Park, 1411 N. River Road, Oregon, Ill., following a full weekend of Oregon Trail Day activities.
Cost of the tickets is $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20. The winner will receive a cash prize equal to 50 percent of gross ticket sales. The winner is responsible for payment of any applicable state and federal taxes. The winner need not be present to win.
Tickets are being sold at Merlin’s, Shell, Snyder’s, Cook’s Collection, Breakers, the Roadhouse, Rock River Outfitters, Messies, Joanne’s Total Image, the Red Stone Salon and Spa, the Flower Patch, Basler’s, Eagle’s Nest and White Pines. Tickets will also be sold at the Concerts in the Park on Tuesday evenings and the July Brown Bag Luncheons and Farmers’ Markets.
“Last year’s winner took home over $2,400,” said Donna Mann, the committee chairman. “It was very exciting to be able to give away this kind of money while also raising funds for the festival and the restoration of Black Hawk.”
Oregon Trail Days is in its fourth year. This year’s event will be bigger than ever, with the addition of a quilt show, Pioneer gathering, Taft Breakfast, Art Show and more. All funds raised by the event help offset the $80,000 expense of running the event and the more than $400,000 needed to restore the Black Hawk Statue.
Information about the Oregon Trail Days Festival can be found at www.oregontraildays.org.
Posted July 17, 2013