I like to say I'll try anything once.

I actually do try to do one thing every day that scares me or makes me uncomfortable...it's something I believe encourages constant growth.  If you're not growin, you're dyin.

I was invited to my first ever meat raffle on Sunday.  It's definitely not something I'd normally do, and the thought of it did make me a little uncomfortable.  So, opportunity for growth? Here I come!

It was at the Knights of Columbus in Hamburg, and benefited West Seneca Magic girls' softball.

Upon walking in, I was greeted with several opportunities for OTHER raffle tickets -- from door prizes, to a 50/50, to extra bonus prizes.  So out of the gate, I was out $20. Then there's long tables set up, where the real magic happens.

People bring cheese and cracker platters, Crock-Pots, sandwiches...it's basically tailgating inside.  Also, much like at Bingo parlors, some people had "good luck" charms in the form of funny burger hats....

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....and turkey leg headbands. (More pics below videos)

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The raffles begin, and they get contentious at times...but then, the MACK DADDY of MEAT comes -- the grand finale.  This is where all the meat that HASN'T been raffled is displayed on an enormous table, tickets are called with MULTIPLE winners...and it's a free-for-all.  First come, first serve. Here's a few videos....

(BTW, keep up on where other meat raffles are taking place here!)

Here's a photo gallery of my much-luckier friends who actually scored big!