Showcase of Bands for St. Jude Children’s Hospital


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



Crowds enjoy listening to the live music at last year’s Huggy Bear Campground Showcase of Bands for St. Jude Research Hospital. Submitted

Crowds enjoy listening to the live music at last year’s Huggy Bear Campground Showcase of Bands for St. Jude Research Hospital. Submitted


Huggy Bear Campgrounds Showcase of Bands weekend raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Submitted.

Huggy Bear Campgrounds Showcase of Bands weekend raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Submitted.


Van Wert American Legion will participate in a flag ceremony during the seventh annual Showcase of Bands at Huggy Bear Campground in Middle Point on Saturday. Submitted.


A children’s kiddie tractor pull will be featured at Huggy Bear Campground’s Showcase of Bands event this weekend. Submitted.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: Showcase of Bands for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

WHEN: 4 to midnight Friday and 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday

WHERE: Huggy Bear Campground, 9065 Ringwald Road, Middle Point

ADMISSION: $6 per day; $10 weekend pass; youth age 15 and under free

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday

4 to 6 p.m. - Bake sale in store

5 to 11 p.m. - Bucket tickets sold

5 p.m. to midnight - Beer tent and food vendors

6 p.m. - $15,000 reverse drawing starts

6 to 8:30 p.m. - Polly Mae

7:30 p.m. - Bingo

9 p.m. - 100th ticket in reverse drawing to be pulled. If there, winner gets $1,000, if not $500.

10 p.m. - Friday 50/50 drawing

9 p.m. to midnight - Truckstop Manners

Saturday

8 a.m. - Bake sale - front of store

9 to 11 a.m. - Kids fishing derby at front pond

10 a.m. - 5K starts

10 a.m. - Gates open

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Silent auction

11 a.m. to midnight - Food vendors, drink tent

11:20 a.m. - 101st ticket in reverse drawing pulled. If winner present they receive $1,000, if not $500.

11:30 a.m. - Flag ceremony with Delphos VFW Post 3035 and national anthem

Before noon - Register for cornhole tournament $20/team; double elimination

Noon to 11 p.m. - $20,000 give-away, 50/50 ticket sales and golf cart tickets sold, raffles, mountains of beer, gun raffles

Noon to 6 p.m. - Barnyard Bingo, mystery safe, kids activities

1 p.m. - Kids tractor pull (register by noon)

1 to 3 p.m. - Redfeather

2 p.m. - Cornhole tournament begins

2 p.m. - Bingo

3:30 to 5:30 p.m. - Erastus

4:30 p.m. - Catholic Mass

5:30 p.m. - Guest of honor/St. Jude representative

5:45 p.m. - Free bike give-away, youth must be present to win

6:15 p.m. - Catholic Mass

6 to 8 p.m. - Live auction

7:45 p.m. - $15,000 reverse drawing winners drawn

8 p.m. - Silent auctions end

8 to 10 p.m. - Mason Dixon Line Band

10 p.m. - Saturday 50/50 drawing

9 p.m. - Bucket drawings end

10 p.m. to midnight - Kaitlyn Schmidt and The Move

11 p.m. - Give-away golf cart and $20,000 drawing

MIDDLE POINT — Helping children is the mission of Huggy Bear Campground during its seventh annual Showcase of Bands for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The event takes place Friday and Saturday at Huggy Bear Campground in Middle Point. Campers and non-campers are welcome to attend.

“In the first six years of the benefit, we have raised over $398,000 for St. Jude,” said Vicki Otto, event coordinator.

Last year the event raised $113,000, and Otto hopes to surpass that amount this year.

Inspiration for starting the fundraiser came from the various kids who enjoy the campground.

“Mike, the owner, was talking one day that he wanted to do some sort of benefit. We sat around and talked and thought about the campground and how it’s for kids and family fun. We got to thinking that at St. Jude, some of those kids don’t get to have this fun like others do. It’s such an awesome hospital and facility that we just thought it would be a good one to go with,” said Otto.

The fundraiser has made a significant impact on the regular campers at St. Jude, as more people are getting involved with raising money throughout the year for St. Jude.

”There’s definitely more people who are kind of getting involved and doing things. Just this past year, beside St. Jude weekend, someone did a purse bingo, somebody did a lawnmower derby, someone did a golf outing, someone did a gun raffle, they did a quarter auction. And those were all different people who said, ‘Hey, we want to do our own little thing,’ and then that all goes towards our St. Jude benefit. It’s just amazing how it’s growing, and everybody wants to do their part, so that’s good,” said Otto.

The event has a host of giveaways — two 50/50 drawings, a golf cart giveaway, kids bike giveaway and the big giveaway of $20,000.

Along with the music, there is a fishing derby, cornhole tournament, kids tractor pull, a 5K, activities for kids, live auctions, a silent auction, bingo, mystery safes and more. Food vendors are present throughout the event, as well.

“People just come to the benefit to spend money to help the cause. If they don’t want to come out and do the cornhole or other activities, they can come out, get a sandwich and sit and listen to music. There’s just something for everyone,” said Otto.

Crowds enjoy listening to the live music at last year’s Huggy Bear Campground Showcase of Bands for St. Jude Research Hospital. Submitted
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_Huggy-Bear-Campground-Showcase-of-bands.jpgCrowds enjoy listening to the live music at last year’s Huggy Bear Campground Showcase of Bands for St. Jude Research Hospital. Submitted
Huggy Bear Campgrounds Showcase of Bands weekend raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Submitted.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_huggybear-campground-1.jpgHuggy Bear Campgrounds Showcase of Bands weekend raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Submitted.
Van Wert American Legion will participate in a flag ceremony during the seventh annual Showcase of Bands at Huggy Bear Campground in Middle Point on Saturday. Submitted.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_Huggybear-Campground-2.jpgVan Wert American Legion will participate in a flag ceremony during the seventh annual Showcase of Bands at Huggy Bear Campground in Middle Point on Saturday. Submitted.
A children’s kiddie tractor pull will be featured at Huggy Bear Campground’s Showcase of Bands event this weekend. Submitted.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_Huggybear-campground-3.jpgA children’s kiddie tractor pull will be featured at Huggy Bear Campground’s Showcase of Bands event this weekend. Submitted.

By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Showcase of Bands for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

WHEN: 4 to midnight Friday and 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday

WHERE: Huggy Bear Campground, 9065 Ringwald Road, Middle Point

ADMISSION: $6 per day; $10 weekend pass; youth age 15 and under free

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday

4 to 6 p.m. - Bake sale in store

5 to 11 p.m. - Bucket tickets sold

5 p.m. to midnight - Beer tent and food vendors

6 p.m. - $15,000 reverse drawing starts

6 to 8:30 p.m. - Polly Mae

7:30 p.m. - Bingo

9 p.m. - 100th ticket in reverse drawing to be pulled. If there, winner gets $1,000, if not $500.

10 p.m. - Friday 50/50 drawing

9 p.m. to midnight - Truckstop Manners

Saturday

8 a.m. - Bake sale - front of store

9 to 11 a.m. - Kids fishing derby at front pond

10 a.m. - 5K starts

10 a.m. - Gates open

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Silent auction

11 a.m. to midnight - Food vendors, drink tent

11:20 a.m. - 101st ticket in reverse drawing pulled. If winner present they receive $1,000, if not $500.

11:30 a.m. - Flag ceremony with Delphos VFW Post 3035 and national anthem

Before noon - Register for cornhole tournament $20/team; double elimination

Noon to 11 p.m. - $20,000 give-away, 50/50 ticket sales and golf cart tickets sold, raffles, mountains of beer, gun raffles

Noon to 6 p.m. - Barnyard Bingo, mystery safe, kids activities

1 p.m. - Kids tractor pull (register by noon)

1 to 3 p.m. - Redfeather

2 p.m. - Cornhole tournament begins

2 p.m. - Bingo

3:30 to 5:30 p.m. - Erastus

4:30 p.m. - Catholic Mass

5:30 p.m. - Guest of honor/St. Jude representative

5:45 p.m. - Free bike give-away, youth must be present to win

6:15 p.m. - Catholic Mass

6 to 8 p.m. - Live auction

7:45 p.m. - $15,000 reverse drawing winners drawn

8 p.m. - Silent auctions end

8 to 10 p.m. - Mason Dixon Line Band

10 p.m. - Saturday 50/50 drawing

9 p.m. - Bucket drawings end

10 p.m. to midnight - Kaitlyn Schmidt and The Move

11 p.m. - Give-away golf cart and $20,000 drawing

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

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