LAURINBURG — A few local residents won big at the Scotland County Firefighters Association Outdoorsman Giveaway on Saturday at Legion Park in Laurinburg.
At the head of the list was Dell Parker of Laurinburg won the 2018 Harley Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle and was present at the event when her ticket was pulled.
“They pulled out the ticket and said the bike had a new home at our road — me and my husband looked at each other and then they called my name,” said Parker. “I took off and sat on the motorcycle.”
But Parker couldn’t take it home from there — she has to go to the Harley Davidson location in Pinehurst to sign official documents. While she and her husband are happy she won, they may trade it for the cash value instead.
“I felt blessed (to have won, but) I do not have a motorcycle driving license, so I’m actually thinking about selling it because we both don’t ride,” said Parker.
The bike’s listed price is approximately $8,315 according to Kelley Blue Book.
“I want to say thank-you to the Firefighters Association for all they do,” added Parker.
The event had bouncy houses for children, live music, and all-you-can-eat food as tickets were picked and read throughout the day to win prizes like a Remington 783, Polaris 450, a custom-made grill, cash prizes and more.
Scotland County Firefighter Association President William Skipper is tallying the amount raised from ticket sales and, even though they didn’t reach the ticket sale goal, he says it was a success.
“It was an awesome day, good weather and a big turnout,” said Skipper. “We gave over $100,000 in prizes and there were a lot of lucky winners in Laurel Hill and Laurinburg.
“We didn’t reach our goal of 2,750 tickets (sold) but it’s within the 2,000s and obviously we sold enough to make it (the event)happen,” he added.
Skipper said that cash prizes were given to the winners that day, but winners of the truck, motorcycle or guns have to report to the sellers to sign paperwork for registration and taxes.
Mike Kenslow of West Virginia won the grand prize, which was the Ford F150 Crew Cab truck with lift and tire package. Regina Bostic of Bennettsville, South Carolina, won the $2,000 cash prize. Skipper said he is counting by hand and will know in the next few days if there is money left over to give to FFA and the supporting local fire departments who helped with the event.
“A lot of citizens who were non-firefighters were selling tickets,” said Skipper. “The committee is already planning for next year and talking with sponsors. We appreciate the community and are continuing to take ideas and ways to make the day better.”
Jael Pembrick can be reached at 910-506-3169 or [email protected]