Chamber gun raffle tickets still on sale

    Those interested in entering a gun raffle only have a short time left to enter. The St. James Chamber of Commerce will hold the raffle drawing for a Henry “Goldenboy” H004 .22 caliber long rifle on Saturday, August 29, during the FFA/4-H Livestock show and sale.


    Funds will be used to help cover costs for next year’s Grape and Fall Festival carnival. The drawing was going to be held during the annual Miss St. James queen pageant, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic when this year’s Grape and Fall Festival was canceled. It has been rescheduled to coincide with the livestock sale, with the drawing to take place at 5 p.m. on the night of the show.
    Sales from this raffle are earmarked to help cover the cost of the new carnival being contracted for the Grape and Fall Festival in order to keep prices lower for rides. Due to the cancellation of this year’s festival, funds will be used next year.
    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 the State 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.
    Tickets are on sale now for $10 per ticket and can be purchased through the Maries County Bank and town and Country Bank drive-through windows, PCA Guns in Rolla, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After 2021, the owner of the gun will be able to check to see how many have been made with that seal. There are other guns in this commemorative collection that the winner will have the rights to purchase if they choose to with the same numbering.
    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.