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Contests, raffles pump up community for Harvest Bowl
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As the highly anticipated Turlock Lions Club Harvest Bowl between Turlock and Pitman high football teams draws closer, local organizations are doing their part to get the community game-day ready with competitions and raffles.

Community members can avoid inevitable parking crises and bad seats with the Turlock Education Foundation’s 50-Yard Line Harvest Bowl Raffle. For just $5, contestants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win VIP reserved parking for one vehicle, four tickets and seats reserved at the 50-yard line, and four complimentary dinners served seat-side by a TEF Board member.

“The Harvest Bowl is one of the most popular events in Turlock, so we just thought it was a really good idea to do a fundraiser for the Turlock Education Foundation,” said TEF President Barney Gordon. “It’s a good opportunity to get our name out, as well as raise some funds for our mission.”

There will be two winning packages that will be raffled off—one for the Turlock side and one for the Pitman side. For the complimentary dinner, the winner and their guests will be able to choose among the many concessions stands at the snack bar, including tri-tip sandwiches, linguica, and pizza.

According to Gordon, all funds will go towards enhancing and enriching the education experience for students in Turlock. Those interested in entering the raffle can purchase tickets online at or at the Pitman or Turlock activities offices. The deadline to enter is Oct. 30.

Additionally, Western Valley Insurance of Turlock will be sponsoring a fundraiser for both Turlock and Pitman high school sports Boosters that will give contestants an opportunity to kick a 40-yard field goal for their chance to win $5,000 during half time of the Nov. 7 game at Joe Debely Stadium.

“We just wanted to see what we can do for the community and schools to help them out,” said Dan Borba. “All ticket sales go 100 percent towards the Boosters clubs and helps out the Boosters program.”

In order to get an opportunity to attempt the 40-yard field goal, contestants must buy a game ticket from either one of the Boosters clubs. Three contestants will be randomly drawn the morning of Nov. 7 and will be notified that day.

Those interested in participating in Western Valley Insurance of Turlock’s $5,000 Field Goal Kick Giveaway, can purchase tickets at upcoming home games or by contacting the schools' Boosters clubs. For more information, call 634-9031.