While the game itself is the main event when it comes to the County Clash, every year there seems to be just about as of a buzz around the half-and-half raffle. In 2018, the raffle set a record with both the winner and the Pisgah Booster Club bringing in $21,365.50 each.
“It is our first or second source of funds every other year, along with the drawdown,” said Pisgah Booster Club President Mark Pinkston. “Every other year when we have a home game, it is a significant source of funds for us.”
“Our money typically goes toward capital improvements,” he added. “Not to say it’s all that. But they’re things that are going to last for years. We tend to use that money to touch a lot of different athletes in different sports.”
After much consideration, the boosters planned a series of events to sell half-and-half raffle tickets, as well as a raffle for two tickets to the game.
Tickets for the raffles can be purchased at one of the following socially distanced events:
- Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pisgah High School parking lot
- Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pisgah High School parking lot
- Friday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Champion Credit Union building in Canton, as well as the Canton and Waynesville Hometown Hardware locations
- Friday Feb. 26, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Pisgah High School parking lot (raffle tickets for the two seats at the game will not be raffled at this time).ß
The events at the Pisgah parking lot will be drive-thru events to ensure social distancing.
“We want it to move fluid to keep the social distancing,” Pinkston said. “That’s why we thought the parking lot at Pisgah would be best.”
Pisgah Bears Store merchandise will also be sold in limited quantities at the raffle sales events. In addition, an auction for two tickets to the game will be held on the Pisgah vs. Tuscola auction Facebook page Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. through Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.
“That frees up another way for us to raise money and it doesn’t require the public to go anywhere,” Pinkston said of the auction.
Drawing the winning ticket for the 50/50 raffle will be Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher and picking the winner of the two game tickets will be Haywood County Clerk of Court Hunter Plemmons.
“It’s been very cumbersome planning this simply because the logistics are so expansive,” Pinkston said. “We hope that the Pisgah Nation and Haywood County would support us and understand that we have some great needs coming up in the future, and we want to be able to meet those needs.”
The other issue at hand is revenue generated for Pisgah Athletics via ticket sales at the gate.
“That’s taken a big hit as well,” Pisgah Athletic Director Heidi Morgan said. “The gate sales for this game supports every athletic team for about a year to a year and a half.”
The school board has stated it will help make up for losses in revenue typically generated at the gate.