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2012-08-09

Get your Cow Patty Bingo tickets now

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Those noticing a blue tent in the parking lot at Lowe's Super S for the next four Saturdays are advised to hurry over and purchase tickets for this year's Cow Patty Bingo. Last year's competition sold out and already phone calls are being fielded from folks who live out of Bandera, but want to buy tickets.

Tickets for the wildly popular fourth annual Cow Patty Bingo can also be purchased from any member of the board of directors of the Bandera Community Foundation or at the Crawford Nonprofit Resource Center at 903 Main Street. Tickets are also available at Hondo Bank, co-sponsor of the event, along with Lowe's Super S Food Store.

An adjunct to Celebrate Bandera that takes place over Labor Day weekend, Cow Patty Bingo raises money for local nonprofits through the Bandera Community Foundation. Tickets for this creative fundraising event are $20 each, and the winner receives $2,500, with $5,000 being donated to a local nonprofit.

The 2011 recipient of the proceeds was the Boys and Girls Club of Bandera in Lakehills. This year, the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic will receive the $5,000 from Cow Patty Bingo.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 1, in the parking lot of Lowe's Super S Foods.

Festivities will kick off at 9 am, with breakfast tacos, music and door prizes.

To receive a ticket for the door prize raffle, participants are required to show their numbered Cow Patty Bingo square ticket(s) to event coordinators.

Recipients must be present to win door prizes; however, the winner of the grand prize does not need to be present.

Promptly at 10 am, a full-bellied longhorn steer will be released into a pen which has been marked with a grid consisting of 500 numbers drawn out in 2-foot by 2-foot squares. The person holding the number of the square where the longhorn decides to drop his first patty wins the $2,500 prize. There can be only one winner, and the decision of the judge regarding which square has received the largest percentage of patty is final.

Along with an individual, the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic will also walk away as a big winner from the Cow Patty Bingo event. The healthcare clinic provides free and low cost health care services to underserved Bandera County residents.

Clinic administrators are currently raising funds to expand the existing health clinic due to an overwhelming number of patients. To date, clinic personnel have raised $127,000. The Cow Patty Bingo funds will give them the ability to leverage the additional $225,000 required to complete the project.

Now in its 11th year, Celebrate Bandera, sponsored by the Bandera Community Foundation, serves as the organization's main fundraising project. With events slated from Friday through Sunday during Labor Day weekend, Celebrate Bandera attracts more than 20,000 people and has become a premier Texas event. For more information visit,

www.celebratebandera.com.

Cow Patty Bingo tickets will be available each weekend now through Labor Day Weekend in the parking lot at Lowe's Super S.

For more information contact Cow Patty Bingo Chairman Mary Ann Robbins at 830-796-7761.

Pictured: In Cow Patty Bingo's past, the bucks were on Easy Money to choose the best square on which to deposit his "Beeeeeeg Winner."