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by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Lions Club will present its 10th annual fireworks display at dusk on Saturday, July 28, at the 2012 Sugar Grove Corn Boil.
The Lions Club sponsors the fireworks, billed on the Corn Boil website as “one to be envied by communities near and far,” and on the Lions Club website as “the most spectacular fireworks in Kane County,” at a cost of $12,000 to $15,000 each year. The Lions Club hopes to make enough money through donations and raffle tickets to break even this year.
Individuals may make a donation and/or purchase raffle tickets online at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil website at sugargrovecornboil.org/entertainment/fireworks, or the Sugar Grove Lions Club website at sugargrovelions.org. Tickets for the Summer Raffle are $10 each, and only 5,000 tickets will be sold. There is an opportunity with each raffle ticket purchase to donate an extra $5 toward the fireworks.
“If every family gave us $5, we’d have terrific fireworks,” Sugar Grove Lions Club President Keith Koester said.
The Lions Club will announce a raffle winner every hour at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, on Friday, July 27, from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winners receive $800 in cash, and if the person whose ticket is selected arrives at the Lions Club booth in 15 minutes, they will win an additional $200.
There is one chance to win $3,000 at 9 p.m. on Saturday night. The $200 bonus payout does not apply to the Grand Prize Winner.
The number of the raffle tickets will be announced over the Lions Club booth public address system. The bar coding on the winning ticket will also be scanned, so that if ticket purchasers wish, the winning ticket will appear on their phone.
The Lions Club tent will be located across from the beer tent and next to the food concession court. A timer will be used so the public can watch the 15-minute count down. All winners will be listed at the Lions Club tent, as well as the Lions Club website. There are 29 chances to win.
People do not need to be present to win the $800 cash prize.