MONROE – Grab your cowboy boots, dust off your hat and get ready to saunter on down to Boots & Bow Ties.
The country fair, hosted by the Community Shelter of Union County, features an arena of fun Sept. 15 at Aw Shucks! Farm and Cotton Gin.
“This may be a fundraising event for us,” CEO Kathy Bragg said, “but it’s a huge fun event for attendees. Casual and entertaining – we keep the fun in fundraising.”
Attendees can enjoy old-timey food and a wagonload of activities. Right Turn Clyde will provide live music of Southern rock, dance, country, soul and beach while guests enjoy fair-type food.
Cowboys and cowgirls for the night can enjoy an old-fashioned cakewalk and take home some dessert goodies or enjoy the entire Aw Shuck! grounds, with its corn maze, hayrides, petting zoo, football toss, horseshoes, pumpkin patch, old timey photos, corn hole, foosball and cakewalk.
Boots & Bow Ties runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets cost $75. Tickets must be purchased in advance at ww w.501auctions.com/boots or by phone at 704-261-3083. All food, tea and activities are included in the ticket price; beer and wine are available for purchase.
Last year, Boots & Bow Ties raised more than $100,000 through live and silent auctions of items donated by local and national businesses, event sponsorships and ticket sales – nearly one-tenth of the nonprofit’s operating budget.
“That’s a lot of food, emergency shelter, case management and permanent housing assistance we can give the area’s homeless and hungry population,” Bragg said. “We’ve got great auction items this year. Truly there’s something for everyone.”
For the traveler, beach, mountain and Africa safari trips are up for bid. For the golfer, golf merchandise and rounds of golf are available. Not everything is a big-ticket item. You can bid on luggage, massages and photography packages, or home decorations, kitchen items, sports paraphernalia and children’s toys. There also are skin and salon services.
Residents who would like to bid on items from home will be able to visit the online site at www.501auctions.com/boots a few days before the event.
Attendees receive a free raffle ticket to place in contest for one of four big prizes – 10-foot sit-in kayak, seven-piece wicker dining set, $250 Visa gift card or Toshiba 50-inch ultra HD TV. Additional tickets can be purchased at the event, but you must be present to win.