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Rifle rally tickets now available

ELKINS — Tickets are now available for the Rifle Rally, sponsored by the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation and the Tygart Valley Lions Club. The event is scheduled for March 3, and will take place at the Randolph County Armory, on Route 33 west of Elkins. Those interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

“This event has sold out every year for the last nine years,” explained Darryl DeGripp, executive director of the Beverly Heritage Center. “Every year we get calls after the last tickets have been sold, and it’s hard to turn people away.”

The Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation preserves over 500 acres of the 1861 battle site. The Tygart Valley Lions Club supports a wide array of organizations in the community, including local schools, scholarship funds, libraries, and fire departments.

“The Rifle Rally is our major fundraiser for the work of both organizations,” DeGripp said.

Included with each Rifle Rally ticket is the chance to win one of thirty guns and prizes that will be drawn at regular intervals throughout the day.

Ticket holders do not have to be present to win, but attendees also have the opportunity to purchase tickets on additional guns, raffles and drawings. An all-you-can-eat meal of fresh-grilled pork loin and roast beef will be available, along with beverages. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the drawings will begin at noon.

Adult tickets are $40 and a guest may be added for $20. Guest tickets must be purchased with a full adult ticket holder, and include entry to the event and food, but do not include the ticket list drawings.

Tickets are available from Lions club members or may be purchased at the Beverly Heritage Center, located on the corner of US 219 and Files Creek Road in Beverly. You can also order tickets over the phone by calling the Heritage Center at 304-637-7424.

A complete list of the ticket prizes, additional information about Rifle Rally, and directions to the armory can be found at the Rich Mountain website, www.richmountain.org.

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