If you enjoyed a good time once and could do it again, would you? What if it promised to be even better than before, with more action, better food and even more games with bigger prizes?
Well, here’s your chance for a day of fun: the second annual Rally in the Valley, an opportunity to get on the road again for a grand excursion and party created by the Avon Rotary club. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, and includes the rally and catered buffet, but lunch available and sponsored by the Avon High School Interact Club featuring hot dogs and hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips, soda and water. Following the rally, which begins at 1 p.m., there is a catered buffet and Shindig.
A participant in last year’s rally, Sharon Madison, is eager to have another go. “We’re planning to do this year’s rally because last year’s was very challenging,” she said. “Rotary has stepped up to address those challenges. Competitive people don’t give up. We just keep coming back for more.”
Addressing last year’s problems was one of the major goals, rally planner Julie Carney said. “Participants and Rotarians had a great time last year, but some rallyers told us how it could be better. So we took their advice and tried to make it bigger and better this year. We think we succeeded.”
Like Madison, you can expect to take an intriguing trip around northern Livingston County as you and your required navigator decode veiled clues to find destinations where you can rack up points. When you finish, return to one of the state’s most enchanting party venues, Oak Knolls Manor, where a delicious buffet featuring barbecued chicken awaits.
Said Julie Welch, Oak Knolls event coordinator, “With so many events being canceled by covid, this rally is unique in that people can have dinner in comfort at Oak Knolls and relax and enjoy beautiful views of northern Genesee Valley. Because our venue is so big and parts of the shindig will be spread out, people can feel comfortable congregating while still following covid guidelines. And if some folks are still worried they can get their dinner to go.”
But there’s even more than dinner. Festivities include corn hole, s’mores bar and campfire, music, cigar bar and a punch cup game. Rally winners will get their $500 grand prize and other teams will have a chance at a prize for best car in show and for best themed team. The cars as well as the occupants can be decorated.
Other people can win too with chances on raffles, 50/50 and a lottery vest. At press time there were 15 raffle baskets valued from $85 to $100. Included are such things as a tailgater basket, bourbon basket, fishing basket and a dinner for two date night.
But most important, Avon Rotary will use proceeds from entry fees, games and sponsorships to support its many charities. So just by signing up for a good time, participants will be helping more than 30 local organizations such as Avon Scouts, Gilda’s Club, the county ambulance service, Avon’s food pantry and library, several literacy projects, E.A.R.S. of Noyes Hospital, Bivona Child Advocacy and dozens more, plus other international service projects.
“We hope even if people are unable to drive in the rally they will come to the shindig,” Carney said. “I’m certain they will have a wonderful time in the beautiful setting there and feel they got their money’s worth, especially because they were able to contribute to such worthwhile charities.”
After registering, your day on Saturday, Sept. 18, will play out like this:Rally registration noon to 1 p.m. at the Avon Middle School, 191 Clinton St., with lunch during that time. The rally starts at 1 p.m., with clues handed out at each location along the route. The shindig runs from 4 to 10 p.m., and the catered barbeque chicken buffet is from 4:30-6:30 p.m., with the rally winners announced at 5 p.m.
Shindig – 4-10 p.m.
Combined entry for the rally and shindig is $45 or $25 for those 16 and under. If you can’t run the rally come to the shindig only at $35. Avon Rotary strongly encourages carpooling to Oak Hills Manor because parking is limited. Register in advance at https://rallyinthevalley2021.itemorder.com/sale