The summer of 2018 will be remembered for a five-letter word – flood. Excessive amounts of rain damaged homes and businesses, hindered traffic for months, and changed lives forever. Still, the 143rd annual Troy Fair went on as scheduled, the last week of July. The crowds came out to prove there’s always something to see and do at the fair. Rain or shine, the livestock, proud owners, and spectators, hung out in the barns together. The pageantry, shows, contests, food, and social activities are a major attraction, and commerce for Troy.
Mother nature had exceptional plans for the most recent fair. Over 11-inches of rain fell on saturated fairgrounds during the first three days, overflowing the creek and waterways, causing major flooding. Monday and Tuesday’s truck and tractor pull events were called off. As water reached its highest level, rides were determined unsafe and shut down. In mid week, mud logged ground was too soft for a stage to be set on, and the concert with Danielle Bradbery and Jerrod Niemann was cancelled. But other shows went on, the barns were full, and celebrating continued in spite of the weather.
“The flood ‘event’ caused a reduction in fair attendance and major damages,” says Cathy Jenkins, Troy Fair president. The fair organizers were disappointed to see a year’s worth of planning thwarted due to unscheduled natural causes. Late in fair week, the rain finally stopped. The fair continued through July 28 without carnival rides or games. Jenkins adds that she and the fair directors hope to recover from the loss of park revenue, with an entertaining fundraiser evening on Saturday, Jan. 19. President Jenkins explains how the fair actually supports the community.
The Troy Fair is a committee of Alparon Community Park, a 501c3 not for profit organization. A large percentage of Troy Fair profits are used to provide park maintenance throughout the year. Along with the loss of income, Alparon Park is looking at costly repairs to fix the damage from the flooding of 2018.
Troy Fair Directors will host a well-organized evening of fun, food, drinks, prizes of all sorts, and cash. The Troy Fair Flood Fundraiser Reverse Raffle Dinner Dance will be held at Alparon Park (Troy Fairgrounds) in Exhibit Hall 2 on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.
Jenkins says the committee appreciates the community support for the event. Businesses and residents have donated money and great prizes. “We are grateful in advance for attendance. What a fun way to show our fair support in January.”
What’s a Reverse Raffle? Unlike a traditional raffle the last number called is the winner of the grand prize of $2,000; second to last gets $500; and third, $200. Throughout the evening numbers are pulled with every 10th ticket pulled winning either $100 cash or prizes, all of which have been donated from local businesses. There will options to buy tickets to get back into the raffle, if your ticket gets pulled early. Other chances to win on the cash wheel and 50/50 drawings will be available.
Tickets sell for $100 and provide much more than just the raffle number. The raffle ticket includes a catered dinner of chicken and beef with sides by In His Service Catering, for ticket holder and a guest. Flynn’s Beverage of Wysox donated beer, soda and water, with selected wines from local wineries. Dirt Road Entertainment of Mansfield will provide music.
Tickets are $100 and include two for the dinner, drinks, including wine and beer, plus 23 chances to win throughout the evening. Live music and dancing is a bonus.
To purchase tickets, become a business sponsor of the event or for more details, visit the Troy Fair Facebook page, call (570) 297-3648, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the fair office at 436 Gate One Lane in Troy on Tuesday or Thursday.
Anticipation is building to see who the winners will be at the Reverse Raffle Benefit Fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. in Alparon Park. The Troy Fair appreciates your support in the winter and the summer.