MIDDLE POINT — Come to Huggybear Campground for fun and help sick children at the same time. The fifth annual Huggybear Campground Showcase of Bands fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital takes place today and Saturday at Huggybear Campground.
“We get thousands of people coming for the weekend. It is huge,” said Vicki Otto, event chairman. “We have raised $195,000 for St. Jude so far in the four years we have had this fundraiser.”
The event is open to everyone, not just campers.
The campground is owned by Otto’s aunt and uncle, Mike and Lorrie Niese.
“My uncle came to me and said he wanted to do a fundraiser. Huggybear Campgrounds is such a family oriented campground and we see kids having fun, and realized that not all kids get to do that. We think this was a great way to bring in families and help other kids,” said Otto.
The Showcase of Bands kicks off at 7 p.m. today with the Logan Ross Band and from 9 p.m. to midnight, Nashville Crush takes the stage.
Four bands play Saturday: Deuces Wild, Country Mile, Erastus and Truckstop Manners.
There will be a guest speaker at 5:45 p.m. Saturday that will tell about about their experience with St. Jude’s.
The fundraiser will also feature activities for children, a Pokemon hunt, a bike giveaway, drawing for a golf cart and cash, cornhole and plenty more.
Food and drink tents are open all day. The Van Wert Veterans of Foreign Wars will be conducting the opening flag ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier replica is there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
“There will be fun for everyone,” said Otto.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511