PIQUA — These are not your grandma’s muffins.
In an effort to raise money for WOTVC Piqua Channel 5, the city of Piqua and WOTVC are holding a fundraiser called a “Meadow Muffin” contest in the spring.
Some people call it Cow Chip Bingo, but the event essentially entails dividing up a field, selling each section or “deed” to a donor, bringing in a cow, and then letting that cow defecate somewhere. Wherever that cow decides to do its business, the person who had that deed to that section of the field wins the $1,000 prize.
“Your deed is a small spot, so if that cow happens to go in that particular spot, the first prize winner gets a $1,000,” WOTVC Executive Director Jennifer Welker said, adding that the second prize winner gets $500. “Then the station will end up making $5,000 off of this fundraiser. It’s kind of just a community fun, when the weather warms up, event.”
The deeds to each plot of land will be $10. Welker said that the Meadow Muffin contest will take place at Pitsenbarger Park and Sports Complex in the spring, but the date for the event is still to be determined. The Upper Valley Career Center will be supplying the cow.
“I know it’s not related to television,” Welker said, but she noted that it was successful when Piqua City Manager Gary Huff held this same event in Indiana. “It was a success for them.”
“We’ve got a ways to go with it, but all of our board members have taken their share, and it’s something totally different,” Welker said.
They are looking to increase funding for the station as, for a long time, the station only fundraised at their annual golf outing.
“Our fundraising committee will be trying some different things as well,” Welker said. “I don’t think its unachievable getting the support we need moving forward. It’s just getting the exposure, letting other people know.”
The contest judges will be Mayor Hinds, Piqua Public Library Director Jim Oda, and Welker.
The deeds can be purchased by contacting WOTVC at (937) 381-1546 or by visiting the station at at the studio at 1973 Edison Dr., Suite 156, in Piqua. For more information about WOTVC, visit their website at piquatv5.com or like them on Facebook.
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