Friday, August 12, 2016

Friends of the Parks Basket Raffle

The Friends of the Darke County Park District are once again running their annual basket raffle this summer to culminate at Prairie Days on September 24th and 25th. Local clubs donated baskets full of goodies to raise money for the Friends of the Parks.

Baskets include one from the Darke County Birders, containing a certificate for a 35lb bag of sunflower seeds, a wire birdfeeder, owl figurines, and more. The Darke County Photo club donated a basket full of supplies including a Cool Pix S33 camera, a 1 year membership to the photo club, assorted photo frames, and much more for your photography needs. The Old Thyme Gardeners basket contains a $25 chamber of commerce gift certificate, 2 tickets to their fall tea and spring workshop, and too many more gardening goodies to list. The Darke County Canoe and Kayak Club donated a basket called “Game Day at Home or Away” which includes a $25 Eikenberry’s certificate, a handmade afghan, 2 seat cushions, a collapsible cooler, and more. The Tecumseh Trail Phoenix Committee donated a fabulous kitchen themed basket with a Kitchen Aid food chopper, a Kitchen Aid two speed hand blender, a corning cutting board, all kinds of mixes and canned goods from Bear’s Mill, and many more handy tools around the kitchen.

All of the baskets are on display at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie (4267 St. Rt. 502 West,) and tickets are available for purchase Monday through Saturday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Darke County Park District. The drawing will be held at Prairie Days on Sunday, September 25th; you do not need to be present to win. Help support the Friends of the Darke County Parks, and win an awesome basket full of goodies!

For more information about this raffle or any Park District program, please give the Nature Center a call at (937) 548-0165, or email

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