A big hit for the past couple of years has been an all-day scrapbooking event, or "crop". Some of the member's spouses began this and run the event. Those of us who have no interest in the activity provide valet parking for the participants.
BULLHEAD FEEDS,GUN RAFFLES,SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFASTS,DANCES,HORSE SHOE TOURNAMENT, BINGO, AND WE MADE A COMPANY COOKBOOK,HAVE YOU COMMUNIT CHIP IN ON RECIPES, SELL FOR TEN PROFIT WAS FANTASTIC.... WE LIVE ON $16,000 THE REST IS UP TO US.. 2 PUMPERS,TANKER,RESCUE.. I HOPE THIS HELPS
We do a 300 club: 300 tickets at $100 a piece you decide how much you keep and give the rest away. Vegas night(requires a license from the state), a carnival. We also mail out letters asking for donations no minium whatever they can afford to give. In the mailing we also put a questionaire for disable persons, oxygen tanks, or any other hazard or useful info the homeowner has.
The car show works really well, we have done one for the past couple years and we are putting one on in August to go with the rest of the years 100th Anniversary celebration of our department. We charge an entry fee to the cars and the public is free. We do like a 50/50 raffle and then our Auxiliary sells food which if I remember correctly they get the money. We also judge the cars and we give out trophies and participation awards. We get a great turn out from the car clubs and the public. We have a lot of fun when we do this event... Another idea that we do every year and have done for as long as I have been a member if not longer, is a Chicken BBQ. We do it in September and it is in conjunction with our community day. Then there is a band that places where the bbq is being held.. Good luck and I hope this gives you some ideas.