A group raising funds for new tennis courts in St. George has raised $6,500 since July and found a unique way to raise money with cow pie bingo.

St. George needs to have its tennis courts rebuilt due to age, severe frost, drainage, and ground shift damage. The St. George Ad Hoc tennis volunteers raised money to have the courts rebuilt with cow pie bingo, held in the pasture at the humble Farmer’s pasture on Oct. 5, according to committee member Bruce Elfast.

The group gathered at about 4:15 p.m. and at 4:24 p.m.  the game was declared open. Rainey the cow grazed contentedly within the confines of the field at the official start point.

The three judges were Jim Skoglund, former state representative; Joe Kirk, former Commander of the American Legion Post in Tenants Harbor; and Larry Batz, former selectman for St. George. Along with a gathering of enthusiasts, they carefully watched the proceedings.

Finally, at 5:12 p.m. Rainey made a deposit. A cheer went up, and participants initiated careful measurements. After confirming that all was correct, judges moved to the cow pie bingo grid and the winning square was located. The control sheets were trotted out and the prize winner was determined to be Bill Zierden. Zierden donated his winnings to the St. George Ad Hoc Tennis Committee. He said he would like the donation of his winnngs to support youth tennis in St. George.