Coming up with a good fundraising idea can be challenging, especially when you want to gather a large crowd. One of the go to options for a successful fundraiser is bingo, but why not give it a unique touch? Enter chicken bingo, the bingo variation that people will go crazy about.
What is chicken bingo?
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Similar to cow patty bingo, chicken bingo employs similar rules. A chicken is unleashed on a board with a grid of numbers on it, and the number on which it poops, it’s the winning one. As simple as that. Let’s see what you need for hosting such an event.
Where to do it?
Before inviting people over and getting the word out, you’ll need a location. A tent on a field or in a farmer’s market should do. Be sure that the tent is big enough in order to accommodate all the people that you expect to come. It will also protect them from rain or sun. If the weather permits it, you can also host the event open air, with hay ballots or a fence demarcating the bingo board.
How to set it up
Using paint draw a grid of squares and assign a number to each one. You decide how many numbers will be on the board, depending on the variant of bingo you want to play. Now you need a chicken. Talk with local farms and tell them about your event. Make sure that the chicken is treated well and feed it approximately one hour before the game starts. You don’t want to exploit the poor animal so make sure it is well taken care of. After the game give it some treats.
You need to inform people about the nature of your event, so make sure everyone knows to which charity they can donate their prizes to. Set a buying price for each square and decide if the winner takes it all or you want to divide the prize between the first three places. You can have more than one round, depending on how long it takes for the chicken to poop. Games can last from 5 minutes to 2 hours so make sure people have access to other activities. You can host a live auction, where people can donate different items. The earnings will go to the charity of their choice, of course. You can also have a food stand and use those earnings to further increase the charity fund. The possibilities are endless and it’s up to you how you want your fundraiser to be.
It’s a good idea to have an emcee that can entertain your guests. He or she can comment on the game or make funny jokes to keep people engaged. The emcee can also talk about the charities that people can donate to and further promote their cause. Give winners a personalized trophy or a ribbon so that they can remember the game and all the fun they had.
Don’t forget to promote your event on all the local media channels and on Facebook. Let people know that this is an important fundraiser that will benefit a couple of charities. Write an engaging text that will have people flock to your chicken bingo game. Tell them the hour and the location of the fundraiser and inform them about all the extra activities that you will host.
Chicken bingo is a fun and new approach to fundraising that will surely have all the local community talking. Hosting such an event is not such a hard task and the benefits can be huge. The community, both young and old will come together and play for a good cause.