Just how long does it take for a car engine to implode? You could have “bet” on that, so to speak, at the De Leon Peach and Melon Festival. New this year to the festival was an unusual fundraiser that brought in more than $500 for the Chamber of Commerce. An auto parts store donated an old clunker, from which the water and oil was drained. The chamber sold tickets — $3 each or two tickets for $5 — with the buyer’s best guess as to how long it would then take the engine of the car to blow out. A chamber member said the idea came to him from personal experience. “I’ve blown out a lot of engines.” When the car was drained, he got in and put the pedal to the metal. It took a mere 29 seconds. He was disappointed it didn’t take longer. “I was a little rough on it.”
We have included a number of do-it-yourself fundraising ideas in this section that offer a break from traditional product sales. They were developed by groups just like yours in an attempt have a little fun with their fundraiser. Some of them are tried and true while others show a lot of creativity … and even wackiness in some cases. All of them are obviously not appropriate for every group, but sometimes, with only a little modification, your might find some fund raising ideas that are perfect for your group. If you have an idea for a do-it-yourself fund raiser you are willing to share with others, please send it to us via email. Include anything and everything you would want to know if you were hearing the idea for the first time.