For a decade, Walnut Grove Campground has staged a weekend of activities to benefit children with medical conditions. This year, 6-year-old Harvey Fetro is to receive the funds to help his parents, Holly and Brian Fetro, with expenses related to his cerebral palsy.
The activities conclude today.
A golf cart poker run departs from the campground at 9 a.m. and makes a loop into McCutchenville and back. A McCutchenville fire truck is to escort the carts along the route, with Nicholas Beier leading the poker run that bears his name.
Beier was a sickly baby when the first children's benefit took place to help him and his family, but Nicholas is now a healthy 9 year old. His family has returned each year to support the effort for the other children.
The cost of the poker run is $20 per cart and $5 to play poker. All participants must be registered by 8 a.m. today, and consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
When the carts return to Walnut Grove, a benefit auction is to take place at around 1:30 p.m. In the evening, a dance is planned with music by Deputy Dawg.
The benefit got started Thursday with a corn hole tournament, golf cart obstacle course and a dance.
Friday, Kenny Davis, president of the benefit committee, and committee members Dea Jo Owens and Sharon Hartman were on hand to supervise the final round of the obstacle run, a horseshoe tournament and children's activities. They were pleased the event had continued for its 10th year after getting started with a cigar box to collect donations.
"Normally, our first goal is to help somebody within the campground," Hartman said, "but this year, we didn't have anyone in the campground that had a relative that needed assistance."
The committee members checked around the area to find a child in the community to receive the benefit funds. When they learned about Harvey, they designated the proceeds for him.
The Fetro family has been spending the days of the benefit at the campground to keep up with the activities.
Davis said he has been camping at Walnut Grove for 27 years, with Hartman close behind at 24 years. Owens has notched five years. A committee now meets monthly to plan the benefit.
The golf cart parade is a popular attraction.
"One year we had 275. I think it was around 90 last year," Davis said.
The benefit also features raffles. The big prize is a golf cart. Tickets for the drawing are $10 and must be purchased by 8:45 p.m. today. The winner is to be chosen at 9 p.m. He or she will take home a new E-Z-GO street-legal gas golf cart with many extra features. The winner need not be present to win.
Several themed gift baskets also are to be raffled at the dance. Chances are $1 each or six for $5, with ticket sales ending at 9:15 p.m. and the drawing at 9:30 p.m.