OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Lions Club let the chips fall where they may Saturday.
The Lions Club held its fifth annual Kites over Fort Ontario, Child Safety Day with â€œCow Chip Bingoâ€ outside the historic site.
The â€œCow Chip Bingoâ€ took place on a huge area that was surveyed and sectioned off into hundreds of square yard plots.
â€œDeedsâ€ were sold for $10 for each square yard plot. The owner of the plot that was fertilized won $1,000.
The first couple of years the guest of honor apparently was too bashful to relive itself with dozens of people watching. The Lions had to resort to a drawing to determine the winner.
This year, â€œDaisyâ€ ambled around her temporary pasture for two hours and 48 minutes before deciding to make someone a winner.
The proceeds from the â€œCow Chip Bingoâ€ will be used to support an annual scholarship in the memory of Harold â€œHâ€ Dowd who passed away in September 2005.
â€œHâ€ was a member of the Fulton Lions Club who was instrumental in keeping the Oswego Lions Club going when it was on the verge of disbanding in 1996.
This year’s bingo winner was Sheena Gates.
When Lions member Karen Hammond called her with the good news, she said â€œKaren, tell me youâ€™re calling to tell me I won a thousand dollars.â€
When Hammond said yes, Gates exclaimed, â€œYou just made my freakinâ€™ day!â€
It actually took a little prodding by Hammond to get her former co-worker to buy a â€œdeed.â€ Now Gates says sheâ€™s glad she did.
Gates said the funds will help pay for some new tires and some clothes for the new job she just got.
The Child Safety Day portion of the program featured child fingerprinting and photographing courtesy of the Oswego County Sheriffâ€™s Department, bicycle safety helmets from the Lions and other activities.
Ontario Winds, in cooperation with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, conducted the annual â€œKites Over Fort Ontarioâ€ event.
Kite exhibitions, refreshments, kite making, games, and candy drops highlighted the event.
Grace Wing said she was having fun flying the kite she made at the nearby Ontario Winds tent.
â€œMine is flying the highest,â€ she pointed out.
She adorned her creation with a huge G and a cat, so she would be able to tell her kite apart from the dozens of others flying in the wind.
â€œWeâ€™re going to include this in her school project (what I did this summer),â€ her mother said. â€œShe has also gone fishing and kayaking.â€
Grace was one of the more than 75 children, young and old, who made their own kites. Dozens more brought heir own kites.
â€œItâ€™s a beautiful day. We have a great turnout,â€ said Oswego Lions Club VP Barb Bateman. â€œThe kids are having a good time.â€
Marilyn Boyzuick of Ontario Winds echoed her sentiments.
â€œThe children have made more than 75 kites of their own. Theyâ€™re flying them all over the place. Itâ€™s great,â€ she said. â€œThis is probably one of the best events weâ€™ve had.â€
The Lions went through several dozen safety helmets and the sheriffâ€™s department created probably as many Child Safe ID cards.
Anyone interested in becoming a member or learning more about the Oswego Lions Club should contact Karen Hammond, membership chair, at 598-2471.