Cow patty bingo (also known just as cow bingo) is a fun and unique way to raise money for your fundraiser. This country-style game will have people talk about it for a long time, wondering when the next event will be.
What is cow patty bingo?
What’s the gist? Well, the purpose of the game is to guess where a cow patty will land and then take all the money so you can donate it to the charity of your choice.
How to play
In order to host such an event, you need a large grass area like a football field. After acquiring the field, use paint or chalk to create a grid of squares and assign a number to each square. There isn’t a specific size for the squares, but make sure they are big enough so that the patty doesn’t drop between the lines. We will talk about that later. Enclose the area so that both the cows and the spectators are safe and let the bets begin. There is more than one way to play this game and choosing the right one will depend on you and your fundraiser. For example you can give the prize to the square where the first patty was dropped or divide the prize between multiple squares. Some fundraisers even use multiple cows. The prizes of such an event can sometimes pass the $10,000 mark.
Mix it up!
The trick to a successful cow patty bingo event is to combine it with other activities. Waiting for a cow to drop a patty isn’t that fun, but having a barbeque in the meantime or even listening to a live band, is. You can attract people of all categories and ages with different adjacent events. You can even put up a stand where people can donate things or hold a live auction. The possibilities are endless. A concession stand is a must, and you can use the earnings from selling hot dogs, popcorn and soda to further donate to the charity. Make sure that you promote your event so that everyone knows about it. Talk to your local radio stations or other media outlets and let them know about the big prizes you are going to have and the charities that you aim to help. Such an event will surely attract a lot of attention.
Now let’s get back to the cow patty bingo. There are a number of ways to make the game more exciting for the audience. One of them is having a live commentator that can talk through the game. He can make quirky comments and keep the audience engaged. Also make sure to have a referee. As I’ve told you earlier, the patty can drop between the lines causing confusion to the players. In this situation the winning square is usually the one that has the most amount of cow patty in it. Sometimes it can take a lot of time until the cow finally drops the patty so it can be a good idea to set a time limit. You don’t want people to wait for 8 or 9 hours for nothing. Some variations of cow patty bingo, select the winning numbers manually if the time limit is reached. Other variations don’t let the cows roam free, instead they are led around by a designated official who ensures that they get to spend an equal amount of time in each square.
Cow patty bingo is an entertaining fundraising event that can bring together the entire community. Raising money for your favorite charity has never been more fun. Make sure that the cows are treated nice and give them a good treat afterwards, they deserve it!