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Golf ball drop one of Wheat Festival’s grand finale highlights

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow – This year, as a highlight to the Wheat Fest Grand Finale on Sunday, the Wellington Young Professionals are hosting a golf ball drop, with opportunities to win a seven day vacation.

Buellesfeld Financial Services, Inc. donated a seven day vacation time share package, which will include accommodations featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and will sleep up to eight people. The vacation is valued between $2,500-$7,000 and locations are dependent upon availability.

“We are trying to get a lot of people out,” said Young Professional Aaron Norton. “We are hoping for a lot of participation.”

There are 500 golf balls up for purchase at $10 each, with a limit of five per person. Money raised will go toward a high school senior scholarship, as well as community outreach projects.

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, a helicopter will take the bucket of golf balls up into the sky and drop them onto a designated target with people standing a safe distance away at Worden Park. The ticket number corresponding to the ball that is closest to the golf ball flag will be designated as the winner.

You must be present to win, or you may purchase tickets in another person’s name, and make sure they are available to be present for you.

“It will be a great way to end Wheat Fest,” Norton said.

The Young Professionals are a nonprofit group with volunteer members and officers ages 18-40 who want to make a difference in the community.

There are many different vacation package options available to choose from, dependent upon availability, personal tastes and budgets. Accommodations will be paid for, with travel expenses being left up to the winning individual, including airfare, taxi fair and meals not included in accommodations. Vacation options may include destinations such as Ireland, Thailand, Las Vegas, Houston, or Branson, dependent upon availability.

Tickets may be purchased at Shelter Insurance, Chamber of Commerce, from Young Professional members, or by contacting them though their Facebook page. The Young Professionals will be selling ticket opportunities at all major Wheat Fest events, including the street dances, Picnic in the Park, the craft show, and prior to the ball drop event Sunday at Worden Park.

“We hope we can continue, and be a part of the community and get our name out there,” said Norton.

The Young Professionals have volunteered for Prize Patrol this year, and will be announcing prize winners before every street dance. There are fun activities planned for all ages. Come out and enjoy all that the Kansas Wheat Festival has to offer!

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