The winning raffle ticket for a king size Amish quilt donated to the Busti Historical Society by Linda Lewis of Frewsburg will be drawn at 7 p.m. at the Dec. 16 meeting of the Busti Buckaroos 4-H Club in the Busti Historical Society meeting room in the museum next to the Busti Grist Mill.
The Buckaroos are the successor club to the Busti Shamrocks 4-H that initiated restoration of the Busti Grist Mill more than 40 years ago. All those who purchased or earned raffle tickets are welcome to attend the drawing.
Norman Carlson, publicity chairman of the Historical Society, said, "We selected the 4-H meeting as an appropriate occasion for the drawing because over 40 years ago, the Shamrocks obtained a $500 grant from Readers Digest that enabled them to launch a mill restoration program. That saved the mill when it otherwise would have been torn down."
Carlson added, "Raffle tickets in the drawing include a mix of tickets that have been purchased outright, those sold up to the time of the drawing and tickets earned by people who presented special Festival Passports at the Apple Festival. They earned these by visiting particular sites at the festival."
The sites included the Grist Mill, museum, barn, miller house and any demonstration such as log hewing, wood carving, pioneer tools, apple butter production, historic local gunsmith displays, etc. Those who visited at least three of those locations were awarded a free raffle ticket for the Amish quilt.
John Siggins, demonstration chairman of the festival, indicated that funds raised by the raffle will go toward a new roof and work in the interior of the historic house occupied by owners of the Grist Mill and making the mill more readily accessible to physically challenged visitors.
Siggins said, "Raffle tickets will continue to be sold up to the night of the drawing. Those wishing to purchase tickets should contact me at 484-8341 or mailing $5 per raffle ticket to the society at 3443 Lawson Road, Jamestown, NY,14701.