The 34th Annual Roy Rogers Festival has come to an end, but the impact of the event is just beginning.
Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Collectors Association Secretary and Northwest School Board Member Phillip Jones explained that though the proceeds have not all been calculated just yet, he knows that the annual auction raised $1,500.
Additionally, Dana Ward, of West Union, brought out his replica Batmobile and donated all proceeds to the Roy Rogers Association. Ward donated a total of $421, which he raised by charging $3 for photos in the car. All proceeds go to the Roy Rogers scholarship fund. Each year, the festival brings in stars from the past and offers the festival and their main scholarship fund fundraiser.
This year’s scholarship recipient Katelyn York, of West, assisted with the auction by displaying items as radio personality Steve Hayes played the part of auctioneer.
“Steve Hayes stole the show,” Jones stated about the auction.
He added that this year’s stars also had a great time. This year’s stars included author Julie Ann Ream, author Terry Bomar, Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island Dawn Wells, known for his role on Gomer Pyle USMC Ronnie Schell, Roger’s daughter Dodie Rogers and her husband Jon Patterson who is literally a rocket scientist and works for NASA.
“This year’s Roy Rogers Festival was a success,” Jones commented. “Roy’s fans are already wanting to come back again next year.”
For more information about the Roy Rogers Festival or the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Collectors Association, find them on Facebook where all the event updates can be found.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.