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Kick up heels at Barn Bash!

Ag relief fundraiser is Saturday, June 29 at Fairgrounds in Imlay

June 19, 2019
IMLAY CITY — Ag Community Relief's 3rd Annual Barn Bash has a new venue in 2019 that allows them to grow their event and welcome even more attendees.

On Saturday, June 29, the Barn Bash comes to the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds. For the past two years, the benefit event was held at a location in North Branch but a scheduling conflict caused organizers to search for a new event home.

"We were outgrowing our original location too so moving to the fairgrounds allows us to turn it into something a little more," said Ag Community Relief Vice President Eddie Fahley.

"The fair board has been great to work with."

See the Richard Lynch Band perform at this year's Barn Bash to be held Saturday, June 29, at the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds.
Things kick off with a cornhole tournament starting at 2 p.m.

Guests can stroll through a truck and tractor show that afternoon as well. Semis, including those that have participated in relief convoys out west, will be on display. Fahley said local antique tractor clubs will also put their vintage vehicles up for viewing.

Inflatables for kids, a gun raffle and live and silent auctions are also planned.

"We'll also have space for local businesses and groups to put up their own displays," Fahley added.

A BBQ style dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and then it's time to hear some country tunes, courtesy of the Richard Lynch Band, starting at 7 p.m.

"Because of the layout and space at the fairgrounds, we're able to open the Barn Bash up to the general public now," Fahley said.

$20 general admission tickets allow attendees to stroll through the grounds and see the Richard Lynch Band perform.

Tickets that include dinner service are $40 per person. There are a limited number of dinner tickets available.

Tickets can be bought in advance through the group's website, or at the gate on the day of the Bash.

Proceeds from the Barn Bash will be directed to Ag Community Relief's general fund and help cover costs for fuel and other supplies when convoy groups deliver donations to farmers and ranchers impacted by natural disasters.

In April, local volunteers delivered hay and other supplies to flood-ravaged areas of Nebraska and Iowa. The 501(c)3 group was formed in 2017 Fahley and Matt Schaller, the group's current president, after deadly wildfires swept through Oklahoma and Kansas.

The Barn Bash will also serve as a kick off for the group's second annual Truck Raffle. Once again, they've partnered with Milnes Auto Group to sell 1,000 tickets at $100 each. The winner will have their choice of a four-door, diesel Ford or Chevy truck. The drawing will take place at the Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Weekend on Sept. 8.

Proceeds from the truck raffle will benefit the non-profit's FFA and 4-H club scholarship program.

Fahley said there's still time for interested vendors to reserve a booth at the Barn Bash. Additionally, truck exhibitors are still being sought and auction donations are still being accepted.

More information about the cornhole tournament and other event details can be found online at or on their Facebook page, Ag Community Relief.

Contact organizers at or call (810) 614-0968.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.
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