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By LORRIE KINKADE
The Trimble Banner
Even folks who don’t enjoy football can have a good time at Raider Midnight Madness.
The annual event, which provides financial support for the Trimble County High School Raider football team, will be held Saturday, Aug. 23 and features more to see and do than ever before.
Consisting of an assortment of Raider parents, friends and community members, the organizational group strives to garner fan support for all county sports teams, while enabling TCHS football players to focus more on their skills and less on fundraising.
“The money made at Midnight Madness will pay for equipment and supplies, like first aid kits. It will also help with driver fees and fuel costs for away games,” organizer Kelli Parrish said.
As is tradition, the evening will include games for smaller children, such as a duck pond, fish pond, sucker tree and ring toss. Tickets for the games will be sold for 25-cents each or five for $1 and players will in turn receive prize tickets for participating. Those tickets may be exchanged for a variety of kid-themed items.
Older children and adults can test their skills in a 3-point basketball shootout, field goal kick, quarterback throw and quarterback challenge. A dunking booth and inflatable obstacle course will offer additional entertainment for all ages.
Concessions will be offered throughout the evening and the festival will conclude with a TCHS Raiders football scrimmage and fireworks show at 10 p.m.
New to Midnight Madness this year, a tug-of-war tournament will pit members of Milton Fire Department against their Bedford counterparts. County judge-executive Randy Stevens and local magistrates are scheduled to compete, though event organizers are still searching for competitors brave enough to battle them.
Also new this year, a Midnight Madness parade will roll through Bedford beginning at 5 p.m. the day of the event. The parade will feature TCHS Raider football, middle school football and youth tackle players. Miss Trimble County Fair Hannah Ball, Trimble County Youth League participants and TCHS cheerleaders will also be in the line-up, along with classic and custom vehicles owned by members of Asphalt Angels car club and several tractors.
“The parade is something we’re really excited about,” organizer Jeana Alexander said last week. “We hope to have more of the sports teams in the parade. And anyone else interested is welcome, whether they want to put in cars, tractors, sports teams or whatever.”
Another organizer, Tanya Edens, said the group is still seeking volunteers to supervise games and work in the concession stand, cooking and serving hamburgers, chips, drinks and funnel cakes. Local celebrities are also needed for the dunking booth.
“We really appreciate all the help we’ve gotten so far. We couldn’t have done this much without them,” Edens said. “But we really need more people to help that night.”
Merchandise, gift certificates and monetary donations are still being sought as well. Anyone willing to help at the event, assist with final organizational details or donate may contact Alexander at (502) 663-1049.
Admission to Midnight Madness is $1 for children and $2 for adults.