Cow Patty Bingo fundraiser at Tusky Valley Aug. 27

Cow Patty Bingo fundraiser at Tusky Valley Aug. 27

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Like leap year, members of the Tusky Valley High School band and choir only travel to Walt Disney World in Florida every four years. That’s because the expense is great.

“The cost to go to Disney is roughly $1,800-$2,000 per student, so we want to give them as much help as we can,” said Kaley Hamilton, president of the boosters.

To help cover the cost for students to go, the Tusky Valley Band and Choir Boosters are holding a Cow Patty Bingo event on Aug. 27 from 9:30-11 a.m.

During the event the boosters will have a small breakfast stand and will sell 50/50 tickets and raffle off prize baskets containing locally donated items.

How the game works

Each $20 ticket buys a 3-by-3-foot square on a grid at the high school baseball field. Hamilton said a computer will generate who gets which square, so it is totally random. A chart will be posted at the field so those who are participating can see which square or squares are theirs.

“On the morning of the event, Scott Pennell, our building and grounds supervisor, will bring his cow, Jenny, to the field, and we’ll set a timer for two hours,” Hamilton said. “Then whoever has the square it plops in is the winner.”

The prize is $1,000, and Hamilton said the winner does not need to be present.

Two hours seems long enough, but what if Jenny doesn’t do her business in the allotted time?

Hamilton said if the cow fails to make a deposit, a random winner will be drawn from all ticket holders.

If the patty falls on a line, Dr. Derek Varansky, the school’s new superintendent, will determine the winner by measuring the amount of doo-doo in each square.

Why the trip is important

TVHS Band Director Merri Gensley believes the Disney trip teaches students valuable lessons. “The experience of having to work together and live together is valuable,” she said. “The kids know they need to be on their best behavior because we are not only representing our school, but also our state and our country. And so there's people from all over the world looking at Tusky Valley High School bands.

“I also think it’s really important we expose kids to as many cultures as we can. There are many, many people from all over the world at Disney World, so this trip is a really good way of doing that.”

According to Gensley, 47 of the 52 band members have so far signed up for the trip. They need to take 50 in order to march in the Disney parade on March 20. Otherwise, they will give a concert performance. They also will attend instrumental workshops and visit the parks.

Gensley has been directing Tusky Valley bands since 1987. She also teaches a number of music courses and is an adjunct professor at the University of Akron.

The booster club holds additional fundraisers throughout the year to help both band and choir students obtain instruments and have an end-of-year party.

“We run the outdoor concession stand during the football and track seasons, hold a fruit and trail sale or cookie sale,” Hamilton said. “But we wanted to hold an event where people could attend and have some fun. But if people don’t want to attend and they don’t want to buy items the students sell, they can simply donate to the club.”

To participate

Tickets can be purchased at the high school office, the football game on Aug. 19 or by emailing Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 24.

Those who would prefer to donate directly to the fund can do so by sending a check payable to the Tusky Valley Band and Choir Boosters to 2637 Tusky Valley Road, Zoarville, OH 44656.