What does it take to run a successful small town party?

A "Little Miss" pageant?  Check

Live music?  Check

Community Wide Garage Sales?  Sure

Food Stands?  Gotta have em

Beer Gardens? .Even more important!

Magic Show? Car Show? Craft Booths? A 5k Run? Motorcycle Show?

Why dont' you just host a 50/50 raffle that brings in over $100,000 every year?  Seems easy enough!

With a population of 2,038 (according to wikipedia), Amboy Illinois hosts Depot Days August 24-27.  I have no idea how the 50/50 drawing went from $8,400 in 2001 all the way up to $149,333 in 2015!  Severe weather last year, brought the total down to ONLY $135,903...but they expect this year to SHATTER records!

All proceeds benefit community projects.  Here's how/where you can buy your tickets!