Where a cow decides to defecate will determine the winner of a new event being held in conjunction with the 27th annual Bluegrass Festival in Rainier. 

The new event, “Cow Patty Bingo,” was an idea that event organizer Sarah Christensen found online when looking for activities to bring to Rainier. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 next to the Rainier School District building. While it is not technically a part of the Bluegrass Festival, Christensen hopes that the event will be included next year. 

The way Cow Patty Bingo works is that a huge bingo card will be laid out in a field at the festival and people will be able to buy bingo squares for $10. Whichever square the cow poops on will be the winner, and the owner of the square will be awarded a “huge gift basket,” according to Christensen.

The goal of the game is to raise money for the Rainier High School football team. Squares will be numbered after players on the team. Team coaches and managers will also have squares. Each square costs $10, and people can buy as many squares as they want. 

“I am super excited and I hope it goes well and hope everyone has fun and we get to do it again,” Christensen said.

Christensen said that they are asking people to bring folding chairs and be prepared to wait for a while, as there is no concrete guarantee that the cow will defecate at the right time. She said that she doesn’t know how long the event is going to last. They will bring a backup cow in case the first one gets stage fright, she said. Both cows are going to be fully fed. 

According to Christensen, she didn’t have much trouble convincing people on the idea. She said the city has been supportive of the event. 

“I thought it was a little strange, but it has been done before,” City Councilmember George Johnson said. “So I thought, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s have some fun in Rainier …’ The more I think about it, the more I think it is going to be fun.”

Cow Patty Bingo will be held in the field next to the Rainier School District building.

“It will be more like a social event,” Christensen said. “People can eat food and socialize with each other while we wait for the cow to participate.”

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