The St. James Chamber of Commerce announced it will be delaying a gun raffle due to COVID-19. A drawing was scheduled for later this month for Henry “Goldenboy” H004 .22-long rifle to help fund this year’s Grape and Fall Festival, but the festival committee has determined to hold the drawing later this year.
“This was a difficult decision to make, however ticket sales have been extremely lower than projected due to the unavailability to get out and promote the raffle,” Chamber Director Robin Ziegler explained. “When this raffle was first set, the committee had plans to have the rifle out to show and sell tickets at our demo derby and Sip n’ Savor, with those two events being postponed to later dates, it decreased the visibility.
“Additionally, with the closure of the Tourist Center and many other businesses either closed or reduced personal contact, it’s been a challenge to get the tickets out visible to the public,” Ziegler said.
Instead, the committee decided to move the drawing to the hold the drawing during the Grape and Fall Festival queen pageant on August 22. The raffle, she said, is of great importance to the Chamber to help fund events taking place at this year’s festival.
“Sales from this raffle are earmarked to help pay the cos of the new carnival for this year’s Grape and Fall Festival and offset the price of having open rides,” she said. “Having open rides is a great expense to the overall cost of the Grape and Fall Festival. In order to keep the cost to participants down, the committee has looked for ways to raise more funds this year. This raff was one such idea.”
Those interested in purchasing a raffle ticket for the gun can still do so. The gun is #200 of 1,000 to commemorate the Bicentennial of Missouri. Beginning this year through 2021, any of the guns made will be printed with the bicentennial seal. Guns made in any other year will have all the other engravings, but will not have the bicentennial seal, providing a special piece for gun enthusiasts to have in their collection.
The winner does not need to be present to win, but must be at least 21 years old and follow state and federal regarding the purchasing or owning of a firearm prior to taking possession.
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