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8/4/15 press release

Residents can pay to see favorite official kiss pig to benefit local Boys & Girls Club

By Mike Francingues Sidney Herald

At this week’s Richland County Fair, the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County is offering area residents a unique chance to donate to the club in exchange for a vote on which local official will have to kiss a pig, yes, on the lips.

Sidney Mayor Rick Norby, Sidney Police Chief Frank DiFonzo, Richland County Fire Chief Larry Christensen, Sidney Middle School Principal Kelly Johnson and Richland County Sheriff John Dynneson all volunteered to pucker up for the pachyderm if they receive the most votes, said Michelle Seadeek, development director for the club.

“We thought it was a good way to bring people to our booth and it correlated with the fair,” Seadeek said. “We came up with a group of candidates and reached out to them, and they volunteered to be a part of this.”

Each vote costs $1, she said, with special giveaways to those who reach certain donation amounts. For donating $20, you earn a club cup, along with 20 votes for your official of choice. A club cup and water bottle will be available for $50, and for $100 you get a club cup, water bottle and drawstring bag. There are also free club color change wristbands and tattoos for the kids.

The idea has been well received and many people are excited to see one of their beloved community figures smooch the lucky swine. You can vote and donate early online (at richlandbgc.org/kiss-a-pig), or during the fair at the club’s booth. All the action will take place Saturday at noon at the booth.

“We will be out all four days,” Seadeek said. “People can make a donation and vote on the website now, but our big push will be during the fair.”

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