Scopus, Missouri, is a tiny town in a tiny township in Bollinger County, Missouri, with a population of a dozen or so. But despite the town’s size, they are home to about the biggest hearts in the state.
The 6th Annual Scopus Fest Fundraiser for Vets and Children, held September 29 at Randy and Brenda Johnson’s farm just outside of Scopus, welcomed more than 100 people as they had a grand time raising $8000 to share with Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.
From the looks of it, everyone in the township participated in some way or another. There was live music courtesy of Curtis Cook and Friends, and food by Cooks Food Service. For the kids, there was a bounce house, bean bag toss, and a hayride. The adults enjoyed horse shoes, hillbilly golf, chicken poop bingo (wait- what?), gun raffles, and many other door prizes and auctions: two 32” televisions, a new recliner chair, handmade quilts, and a Lottery Tree with $75 of lottery tickets tied on as ornaments.
Not to be outdone by the grownups, Abby’s (and Aaliyah’s) Lemonade House raised $100 for the causes, and even donated the $20 in tips they received.
A follow-up event, held October 6, was a well-anticipated trail ride with Robby Russell and Van Greer.
The folks in Scopus have been getting together to stage this event since 2012. Randy and Brenda Johnson, who started it all, had always had “a dream of being able and blessed to give back to fellow vets along with other charities,” said Brenda. “We continue each year because we live in a community that also sees the need and keeps encouraging us to continue.” That encouragement translates into attendance and dollars; each year, 100-200 people show up, and contribute thousands to the two causes. RLF has been the grateful recipient of $11,500 since 2016. We thank the town of Scopus, and their friends, from the bottom of our hearts.
The festival is now held in memory of Warren Miller, a close friend of Randy and Brenda’s, who felt as strongly as they do about giving back to others in need. He was responsible for many years of start-up money for the festival. Miller passed away in 2016, but the company he served as CEO, Cape Radiology Group of Cape Girardeau, MO, continues his tradition.
So what the heck is chicken poop bingo? Brenda explained. “You have a bingo board in the bottom of a chicken coop. You sell the numbers for $5 a square. Place chickens in coop, and yep, the number that the chicken poops on is the winner of half the total money. The other half goes to the fund.”
Got to get to Scopus Fest next year. The team is already planning events…..