In a Willy Wonka-esque turn of events, the Rooster Roundup this year will give one lucky hunter a chance at $1 million.
The Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau revealed Wednesday that the 50 banded pheasants released in Finney County for the annual Rooster Roundup will be joined by one more bird slated to be released in secret.
That special bird will be given a unique band, and the hunter who manages to obtain that band and turn it in when the time comes will be honored with a special event and a chance to take a spin Wheel of Fortune-style that just might yield an envelope paving the way to a $1 million prize.
But don’t worry. Even if your spin doesn’t afford you $1 million, you’ll definitely get something worth taking home, said CVB President Roxanne Morgan.
The CVB will be partnering with Samy’s Spirits and Steakhouse on the event and will finance the marketing component along with, potentially, some of the special wheel prizes — all anticipated to be valued at more than $500, Morgan said.
The event will take place during pheasant season from Nov. 11 to Jan. 1. Morgan said hunters that obtain one of the bands should not turn the bird in along with it, living or dead.
In other business, the CVB is still negotiating a contract to host the American Junior Golf Association event in the coming years.
The AJGA board declined a previous five-year contract offer that would have included an annual contribution of $20,000 for the first two years and $15,000 for the remainder. The AJGA declined, Morgan said, because it didn't want to make a contractual commitment beyond three years. The AJGA board has been seeking an annual contribution of $20,000 for a three-year contract to compensate for “a tough year” in 2016, according to Morgan.
The board on Wednesday voted to offer a three-year contract with an annual contribution of $15,000 to continue hosting the event that has been held in Garden City for the last five years at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.
Morgan said she feels confident the AJGA board will sign off on another three-year contract.
The board voted to renew a contribution of $1,000 to host the Kansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership program that has been coming to Finney County every other year in November since 2013. The CVB contributed $1,000 to the program in 2013 and 2015, yielding an economic return of $22,275 and $18,070, respectively, according to CVB Events Coordinator Melissa Sowers.
The CVB will be placing a bid of $5,000 with the Kansas High School Rodeo Association to host the Kansas High School Rodeo finals on June 6, 2018, at the same time as Beef Empire Days at the Finney County Fairgrounds. Morgan said the event is anticipated to bring $200,000 “easily without any question” into the community.
The CVB also reported the following economic impacts for events held over the summer that receive CVB grants:
— The Pecos League All Star Game in July drew about 400 people with an economic impact of $72,953 after a grant of $3,000.
— Beef Empire Days in June drew 11,000 people with an economic impact of $511,080 after a grant of $3,500.
— The Tumbleweed Festival in August drew 4,312 people with an economic impact of about $313,198 after a grant of $3,500.
— The AJGA golf tournament in June drew 300 to 400 with an economic impact of $259,493 after a grant of $15,000.
— The 2017 Historic William Fulton House tours from June to September drew 2,031 people with an economic impact of about $82,151 after a grant of $600.
— The A Wild Affair event in September drew 332 people with an economic impact of about $12,051 after a grant of $800.