The Villages Voice - January 2020

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Hoedown Contest Highlights

by VHA Staff

Check out your Chances to win big!

We won’t have shootouts for our guests to see who is the fastest on the draw, nor will we have any old-fashioned checker tournaments, but we will have other contests of skill and chance! PLEASE NOTE:  The following three contests require Registration or the purchase of chances THROUGH WWW.COUNTRYWESTERNHOEDOWN  Before the hoedown to participate.  winners will be determined/ announced the day of the hoedown:    TRI-COUNTY CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT The newest addition to the many activities being offered during the VHA Hoedown is the first ever Tri-County Cornhole Tournament sponsored by Alliant Dermatology.  The tournament will offer three doubles’ divisions: 35 & Under, Women’s Open, and Men’s Open. Entry fee for the event is $20 per player, and that fee includes the admission price of $10 to get into the Hoedown.  The tournament will be a money tournament, meaning that all of the entry fees (minus expenses) will be in the prize pool.  Each division will be a maximum of 16 teams using pool play for the preliminary rounds, guaranteeing each team at least three games.   PLAYING TIMES ARE:
  • 9:30: Warm-Up
  • 10:30: 35 & Under
  • 12:00: Women's Open
  • 1:30: Men's Open
Co-Tournament Directors Bruce Sperry and Bill McMahon are lining up entries as well as volunteers to act as scorekeepers, umpires, etc.  VHA Program Director Mike Burke is the Tournament Coordinator.  Entries are being accepted until January 15 and can be sent to:   COWBOY STEW COOK-OFF AND BEST BOOTH COMPETITION T & D will be sponsoring this popular competition as well as competing along with sponsor teams from Villages Insurance, Citizens First Bank, Villages Golf Cars, Properties of The Villages, The Villages Health, Alliant Dermatology, and Sun Kool.  It’s also a chance to sample REAL cowboy stew. Wristbands will be sold for $3.00 beginning at 10:00 a.m. to sample all the entries. Cowboy Stew Judging will be conducted by a panel of five judges after tasting blind samples from each team.  Best Booth will be voted on by Hoedown attendees tasting the Cowboy Stew. Wooden nickels, provided when they get their wristbands, are used to “cast their vote” for their favorite booth design.  Winners will be announced directly after the judging at 11:30 a.m. with awards being presented at 12:00 noon.   COW CHIP BINGO What?  Yes, you read that right!  And what, you may be wondering, is Cow Chip Bingo?  It’s simple.  We put a cow in a pen with 100 numbered squares players can purchase online prior to the Hoedown. Then we wait, and watch, the day of the Hoedown, to see where the cow  “chip” deposits its first “cow chip.”  Squares sell out quickly, so be sure to visit our website for online purchases at:   Claim a square, or two, or more, today!  THE PRIZE IS $500.00!! The winner will be announced at the event. Brought to you by Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway.  

****Anyone and everyone can get in on these two competitions AT THE HOEDOWN:

50/50 RAFFLE The more people play, the bigger the pot for the winner, and the bigger the benefit for our Helping Hands program.   No Villages event would be complete without a 50/50 raffle!    COUNTRY-WESTERN DRESS UP CONTEST Last year was our first time featuring this fun contest and we’re doing it again.  So, grab your boots, cowboy hat, and country western duds and see if you have what it takes to make a Hoedown fashion statement.   LOCATED  AT THE SOUTH END WILD WEST AREA.
  • Limited to the first 50 women & men.
  • Judging takes place as you register.
  • Register at the tent near the Wild West Show.
  • Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.
  • Judging time ends at 11:30, winners announced at 12:00 noon.
  • Must be present to win.