Fundraiser to benefit Troy Fair after flood damage


The Troy Fair will be hosting a Reverse Raffle and dinner party fundraiser to benefit the immense losses after July floods wiped away much of the fairgrounds. 

The 143rd annual Troy Fair saw days of nonstop raining and flooding across the fairgrounds.

“You just had a total knot in your stomach, it’s hard to explain, you just felt almost helpless you knew you had to do the best that you could,” Cathy Jenkins, President of the Troy Fair, said. 

In just three days, about 11 inches of water wiped through portions of the fair leaving the ground still saturated about six months later and the damage very prevalent. 

“When you purchase a rain insurance, it’s for so many inches in a certain amount of time,” Jenkins said. “The insurance company said that we did not get the right amount in the time frame so we did not collect any insurance at all.”

At a loss of about a $100,000, the Troy Fair has turned to the community for help. 

The Reverse Raffle fundraiser is aiming to help recuperate some of those funds. 

“The fair needs more community support after the flooding and to get back on our feet,” Tamara Heess, Administrative Assistant for the fair, said.

The event will be held Jan. 19 at Alparon Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets sit at $100, which will include dinner, drinks, music and dancing. Every tenth raffle ticket pulled will receive either $100 cash or prize with a grand prize of $2,000.

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