Great Crowds, Weather Greets Oswego Lions’ Cow Chip Bingo, Classic Car Show

Three generations of the Oldenburg family pose in front of their classic Chevy pickup truck at the Classic Car Show at the annual Lions Club's Cow Chip Bingo fundraiser
Three generations of the Oldenburg family pose in front of their classic Chevy pickup truck at the Classic Car Show at the annual Lions Club’s Cow Chip Bingo fundraiser. From left are: Gil Oldenburg Jr., his nephew Matthew Oldenburg, and his father Gil Oldenburg Sr.

OSWEGO, NY – Dozens of people turned out Saturday to watch and wait for Poopsie to do his business.

The guest of honor this year, a young bull from Granby, strutted around the makeshift pasture near the Lighthouse Lanes’ parking lot for about 90 minutes before making a winner out of Sara Merritt in the Oswego Lions Club’s eighth annual “Cow Chip Bingo” fundraiser.

The guest of honor arrives
The guest of honor arrives

The “Cow Chip Bingo” took place on a special field, sectioned off into 520 square yard plots. “Deeds” were sold for $5 for each square yard plot.

Merritt was the owner of the plot that Poopsie fertilized, earning her the $500 jackpot.

“We had a great turnout this year,” said Lions Club President Mike Henderson. “The weather was great. We really appreciate the support from the community.”

The  proceeds from the “Cow Chip Bingo” will used to support an annual scholarship in the memory of  Harold “H” Dowd.

“H” 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 Classic Car Show attracted dozens of vehicles.

The people's choice
The people’s choice

Prizes were awarded the Best Paint Job (a 1968 Chevy Pickup), Oldest Entry (two 1934 vehicles) and the People’s Choice (a 1959 Corvette).

The World Famous Lighthouse Lanes Chicken BBQ was also a part of the festivities.

Fulton Savings Bank sponsored the musical entertainment for the afternoon – The Lubricators.

“The response we have had to this event has been overwhelming, and we hope it will be something that the entire Oswego community looks forward to every September,” said Karen Hammond, chair of the event. “We are very proud to have Fulton Savings Bank as a corporate sponsor for this year’s event.”

“The Cow Chip Bingo sold out. We have more classic cars than we’ve ever had,” Hammond continued. “We’ll keep building on this and make it even better next year!”

Love my Pinto
Love my Pinto

Lions International, established in 1917, consists of 40,000 local Lions Club worldwide, with membership of 1.4 million volunteers.

Local chapters of the club are committed to serving the disabled, including those with eyesight impairments, hearing loss and other handicaps.

Anyone interested in becoming a member or learning more about the Oswego Lions Club should contact membership chair Hammond at 342-0043 for more information or visit the Oswego Lions Club’s Facebook page at

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