A.L.I.V.E. Inc's fifth-annual installment of Cow Patty Bingo - an "udderly" unusual fundraiser to generate "moo"-la - is on the calendar for Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. at the Grafton Farms on state Route 213, Steubenville.
"This is a nice family-friendly event," said A.L.I.V.E.'s Executive Director Jodi Scheetz of the rain-or-shine event that affords a "staycation opportunity" for area residents to hang out, eat, play corn hole, be entertained by the inflatable rides from Kurt James Fun and Games and wait for Mother Nature to take its course with the cows.
The premise of Cow Patty Bingo is a grid of 200 blocks sold at $10 each. Add the cows, a little grass eating, Mother Nature, and before it's all said and done, there will be three main winners.
One person gets a gift tree featuring various gift certificates; one person wins a quarter side of beef (a $400 gift certificate to McConnell's Meat Market in Richmond); and one person wins the grand prize of $5,000.
There also will be a number of mystery bags available for $5 - each one a guaranteed winner - and there will be a 50-50 drawing. There is no general admission, and there's free parking.
A block for $10 can be purchased in advance at M&M Hardware in Steubenville; Helen's Ice Cream stand on state Route 213, Steubenville, near the event site; Richmond Country Pride Market; Pytash's; and Special Way Market at the top of state Route 213, Steubenville.
They also can be purchased by calling (740) 283-3444 and at the event.