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Raffle tickets raise money for Farm Tech Days

Across Pierce County and at several community gatherings, Farm Technology Days (FTD) raffle tickets have been sold.

With prizes of a tractor, quilt or cash, buyers have a chance at winning great pieces. But these raffle tickets are doing much more. Besides raising money for FTD, this raffle has also been bringing together communities.

The top prize of the raffle is a 1949 McCormick Farmall Cub tractor. This tractor was restored by Spring Valley FFA members in their Ag Power shop class. Four students worked on the tractor as their special project, under the supervision of their instructor, Carter Turner.

Work on the tractor took about three months to complete. The students were able to do general maintenance on the tractor, but had to call on another community member from River Falls for specialized work on the tractor's transmission.

"It was great for the kids to work on this tractor and see the end result. We enjoyed being involved in this community project," said Turner.

If the winner of the first place prize does not want the tractor, they can choose to receive the alternate first prize of $2,000.

Second prize is a queen-sized quilt done in the "Old Glory" pattern. This quilt was made by Dianne Lecheler and Rachel Herbison. Both are members of the Plum Creek Quilters. They worked on this quilt together for approximately 75-80 hours. From now until mid-July, the quilt will be making appearances in libraries in River Falls, Plum City, Baldwin, Elmwood and Ellsworth.

Besides these top two prizes, winners can also gain $500 with third prize, $300 with fourth and $200 with fifth.

A total of 5,000 raffle tickets are available for sale. Tickets are $5 a piece. For $20, buyers get five tickets, with one ticket being free. At farm shows, raffle ticket salesman Bill Emery always jokes to customers, "It's always the free ticket that is the winner."

Raffle tickets can be purchased at these following locations: Behrens Motor Supply in River Falls; Hines Auction Service, Pierce County UW-Extension Office or Ellsworth Auto Parts in Ellsworth; Sailer's Food Market in Elmwood; and Designs by Dianne in Plum City. Tickets will also be for sale at several farm shows throughout the state. Questions about the tickets can be directed to Jim Geraets, 715-495-5046.

FTD is an interactive farm show held in a different Wisconsin county each year. For the first time in the show's history, it will be held in Pierce County. Dates for the show are Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22, at the Peterson farm just outside of River Falls. Visit for more information.