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Newest raffle prize unveiled for Farm Technology Days

A commemorative quilt was unveiled Monday as the latest raffle prize for the 2010 Farm Technology Days. In the front row (from left to right) are: Diana Alfuth, Pierce County Horticultural Educator, Lori Zierl, Pierce County Family Living Agent, Dianne Lechler, designer, and Beth Ingli, vice-chair of the Farm Technology Days Executive Committee. In the back row are: Greg Andrews, executive secretary, Steve Healy, chairman of the Fundraising Committee, Mel Pittman, chair of the Executive Committee, Rachel...

Dianne Lechler said it didn't take her long to respond to Carolyn Fenske's request.

Fenske was asking if Lechler would design a commemorative quilt for a raffle drawing which is being used as a fundraiser for the 2010 Farm Technology Days (FTD) coming to Pierce County next summer.

"I think I would," Lechler remembered saying, "And I told her I got a friend," she added as Lechler pointed at Rachel Herbison.

Their design was unveiled Monday. It is set to the design of "Old Glory," a pattern created by Barb Adams that Lechler found in a book.

Lechler estimated the pair spent about 75-80 hours on it, or about a month. She added that is machine washable and dried.

The quilt is the second prize in the raffle. The first is a restored 1949 McCormick Cub tractor or $2,000 cash. The remaining prizes are $500, $300 and $200 cash, respectively.

According to Greg Andrews, executive secretary for the FTD Executive Committee, the drawing is a separate, but significant part of their fundraising efforts. He said tickets are $5 or five for $20. They can be purchased from any executive committee member or committee chairman.

Farm Technology Days is July 20-22, 2010, at the Roger and Bev Peterson farm outside of River Falls.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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