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Published August 11, 2009, 11:27 AM

Newest raffle prize unveiled for Farm Technology Days

A commemorative quilt was unveiled Monday as the latest raffle prize in a fundraising drawing for the 2010 Farm Technology Days coming to Pierce County next summer.

By: Jason Schulte, Pierce County Herald

Dianne Lechler said it didn’t take her long to respond to Carolyn Fenske’s request.

Fenske was asking if Lechler would design a commemorative quilt for a raffle drawing which is being used as a fundraiser for the 2010 Farm Technology Days (FTD) coming to Pierce County next summer.

“I think I would,” Lechler remembered saying, “And I told her I got a friend,” she added as Lechler pointed at Rachel Herbison.

Their design was unveiled Monday. It is set to the design of “Old Glory,” a pattern created by Barb Adams that Lechler found in a book.

Lechler estimated the pair spent about 75-80 hours on it, or about a month. She added that is machine washable and dried.

The quilt is the second prize in the raffle. The first is a restored 1949 McCormick Cub tractor or $2,000 cash. The remaining prizes are $500, $300 and $200 cash, respectively.

According to Greg Andrews, executive secretary for the FTD Executive Committee, the drawing is a separate, but significant part of their fundraising efforts. He said tickets are $5 or five for $20. They can be purchased from any executive committee member or committee chairman.

Farm Technology Days is July 20-22, 2010, at the Roger and Bev Peterson farm outside of River Falls.