STEVENSVILLE "It's a lot of fun! Good food, plenty of ice cold beer and there's a winner every two and a half minutes!" That's all Lou Johnson, Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department's Cash Bash chairman, had to say to get a group of about 100 locals to send a convoy to the Oakland volunteer fire department's yearly Mega Bash.

Tickets are $100 (which includes a guest) and 1,000 are sold. The day of the event, numbers are drawn with a lottery ball machine every two-and-a-half minutes. The prize for each drawing is predetermined and noted on the tickets and displayed on screens around the event. Prizes range from $125 to the grand prize at the end of the day of $10,000.

The trip to Oakland was for the KIVFD group. In the end there were many $125 winners, plus a few $500 and $1,000 winners, two four-wheelers and an entertainment package that included a 55 inch flat screen TV. KIVFD member Todd Kerchner won the grand prize of $10,000.

According to KIVFD President Jody Schulz, "The excitement was so contagious and the event such a success, we've decided to bring it home to Kent Island."

KIVFD will hold its first Cash Bash Saturday, Sept. 18. The committee has lined up prizes to raffle including an all inclusive travel package, a John Deere mower, a Suzuki King Quad and a hot tub, and cash prizes culminating with the $10,000 prize to be raffled off at the end of the day.

Tickets are $100 and are being sold at the KIVFD and at local businesses. For details, call 410-643-6288.


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