Who knew chicken poo would be Santa’s big money maker? The women in Beaver Dam did and they used a rousing game of Chicken Poo Bingo to raise dollars for the Sub for Santa program and the Beaver Dam Christmas Parade. A special board and pen were created for the game. The board was divided into squares and numbered. You drew chips to secure your number; chips were $1 each. The chicken was placed in the pen and fed some meal. When she was ready to drop a dime on the winning number, she did, and if was your number you’d win.
Penny Nickle, yes that is her real name, won the first chicken poo drop of the day and $10 courtesy of the Lewis family of Beaver Dam. Nickle said jokingly, “Yes that’s my real name, it adds up to a whole six cents and I’m worth every penny of it.” Nickle’s win was the first and smallest of the day but the game caused quite a lot of excitement and laughter and prizes continued to get progressively larger. The chicken’s poo was certainly worth every dollar.
The Beaver Dam Parade will officially introduce Santa to the community children for the season. He’s been hiding out in Beaver Dam all along apparently, and it’s been rumored that several area children have already spotted him in his ‘Snow Bird’ attire, per local sources.
Besides the big money maker, money was also generated from other games set up for the children to play such as corn hole, pin the tail on the donkey, free-throw and wreath toss.
A hearty breakfast of biscuits and gravy could be had to fuel you up before the games for just $2.50. Money raised from the food sales went to the Beaver Dam Food Pantry.
Peggy Owen, Chairman and coordinator of the fundraising event, Sub for Santa and the Beaver Dam Parade along with her helpers Donna Applegate, Jodi Roby and Sharon Weaver are working hard to bring the best Christmas they can to the community and especially the kids. “It’s all about the kids, that’s why we do all this,” said Applegate.
The ladies spent countless hours procuring prize items from area businesses and they all expressed just how grateful they are for the gratitude the community showed them. There were donated gifts from the Eureka, McDonalds, A-1 Auto, Pizza Hut, Ace Hardware, Dairy Queen, Walgreens and more. “It is truly wonderful how the Mesquite community has adopted and embraced our community as if they were one in the same. When it came to asking for donations for the kids and the cause, people couldn’t give fast enough,” said Owen.
All the volunteers are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas season and especially to the fruition of their endeavors on Dec. 17 when the Beaver Dam Christmas Parade takes to the road for its twentieth year. Santa and Mrs. Claus will, of course, be riding in the Parade all the way to the elementary school where they will take their place among all the hand-made items the vendors and crafters have been busy creating.
The parade and bazaar are free and open to the public. Merry Christmas to all from the Beaver Dam Sub for Santa and Parade Volunteers.
Owen wishes to express her gratitude to the donors and volunteers who helped make this a successful day and hopes everyone comes out to enjoy the Christmas Parade.