Non-Profits Raise Thousands Of Dollars At The Panhandle South Plains Fair - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/21/07

Non-Profits Raise Thousands Of Dollars At The Panhandle South Plains Fair

The Panhandle South Plains Fair is officially open with rides, games vendors, and of course the food. In addition, while you may feel guilty about all those calories, here is something you can feel good about; the money goes to a good cause.

 "The main thing we came for was the turkey leg and funnel cake.," Vanessa Sanchez said.

 No matter your taste, hundreds of volunteers are working to raise thousands of dollars for South Plains organizations, most of them non-profits.

 "Close to $30,000 is what we take home when we're all said and done. We do over 50,000 weenies," Youth Director at Church On The Rock Keith Watson said.

"Last year we grossed about $60,000 dollars," Fair Boss for the Redbud Lions Club Janet Roller said.

Roller says it takes long hours and hundreds of french fries, hamburgers and turkey legs to raise those funds.

We work, "Nights on end from 8 A.M. till 2 A.M, 10 days straight, along with working a month in advance together the restaurant clean and ready to go," Roller added.

While Mexican food sales at the New Deal Fire Department booth will go toward a new firehouse.

"Probably if we earn $6,000 out here it will be as much as all our fundraisers for the past ten years," Randy Teeter with the New Deal Fire Department said.

From turkey legs to funnel cakes, booster clubs to church groups, there are more than 40 non-profits here at the fair ready to fill your tummy. In addition, the money raised at the fair stay will stay right here in the Lubbock area.

"We do out reaches throughout the community and food ministry throughout the year," Watson said.

"We provide eye glasses to children that can't afford them. We help the Texas Boys Ranch. We have a Christmas for families in need," Roller said.

You can a buy a wrist bands for $25.00 and ride all the rides you want. Admission is $6.00 for adults and kids 13 and up.

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