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FFD's Turkey Bingo Party is back with a few changes

The Farmington Fire Department’s Turkey Bingo Party always draws a crowd to pack Fire Station 1. This year’s event is scheduled for Nov. 9.

Sure, it’s always fun to win a turkey during the Farmington Fire Department’s annual Turkey Bingo Party. But winning money, iPad Minis, or even an ATV might be nice, too.

And the odds of winning any of those might just be better this year, since the Nov. 9 Turkey Bingo Party has all kinds of new prizes to give out this year.

What’s more, Bingo players will have twice the opportunity to win big money, because there are two cover-all games scheduled this year.

The fire department is partnering with First State Bank of Castle Rock to do a raffle this year, chief Tim Pietsch said. The raffle’s grand prize is a 4x4 Cectek ATV, which is on display outside of the bank on Highway 3.

The raffle tickets are selling for $5 each, with tickets available at First State Bank of Castle Rock and from Farmington firefighters.

“It’s a pretty nice machine,” Pietsch said. “That’s a heck of a buy. I think the value of the machine is around $4,800 or $4,900.”

There are other raffle prizes available this year, too – like the iPad Minis, and all kinds of prizes donated from Farmington area businesses.

Two cover-all games will be offered this year, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10 p.m. That way, Pietsch said, families can come early, get in on a chance for a big cash prize, and leave early if they want. Or, Bingo players can come a little later and stay a little later, and still get in on a cover-all game.

“We want to accommodate all crowds. We want to make it fun for everyone, and give everyone a chance to win some big cash prizes,” Pietsch said.

Funds from the annual Turkey Bingo Party allow the fire department to buy items that aren’t included in the city of Farmington’s budget. In recent years, funds from turkey Bingo have been used to buy all new helmets for local firefighters. They’re considering using some of this year’s proceeds to get a new identity/security card system for firefighter use.

“It’s all stuff we would probably eventually get through the budget process, but we can accelerate the process by using turkey Bingo funds, and then not have to rely on the taxpayers to cover those expenses,” Pietsch said.

The Turkey Bingo Party begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. It will take place at Fire Station 1 on Denmark Avenue.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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