We had a crock pot cook off at our church to raise money for our VBS Program. We had 20 people make dishes in 4 categories. (chili, stew, chowder and soup). All food was brought to a central location in crock pot. The general public paid admission to the cook off and became the judges. The cost was $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids. They were then able to go around the room and sample everyone’s creations and judge. They received voting tickets for each category and were able to vote for one dish in each category. We also offered free bottled water and bread and corn bread to cleanse the pallet and give relief from the heat of some of the chilis. We gave out prizes for first place in each category (we gave a new crock pot cookbook.) We also had a bake sale and a raffle for a new fancy crock pot. It was a big hit. We will be doing it again this year but will be adding more categories such as desserts and a miscellaneous category. You can’t beat a $5 lunch and all the samples you can eat for a fundraiser.Submitted By: DeAnna Tetreault, Orwell, VT
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.