RICHMOND – The Washington County Fair partnered with Rockwell Amusements and vendors and patrons at the five-day fair to raise more than $30,000 for the Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
During the fair, which took place Aug. 14-18, Rockwell offered guests a complimentary merry-go-round ride for a minimum $2 donation to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Washington County Fair and Rockwell matched the first $3,000 in donations this year, for a total of $6,000.
Visitors had the opportunity to contribute to the fundraiser through more than 25 fair vendors. The vendors participated in a food booth challenge called “the Battle of the Fair,” which raised $9,033. The Rhode Island State Grange booth won the friendly competition by raising $1,486.07.
Other fundraising efforts included the Chariho Rotary’s “Cow Chip Bingo,” which brought in $2,500 for Hasbro, and the Richmond police’s International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which raised $2,000. The winners of the annual tug of war competition donated their $600 winnings to Hasbro.
“With Rhode Island being a small state, almost everyone has known someone who has been treated at Hasbro, creating a common bond between many,” said Kate Fish, Washington County Fair committee member. “It was an honor to be able to promote this fundraiser and exceed last year’s donation by $4,000.”
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