LINCOLN, NH – The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH announced today they are hosting a special month-long raffle as part of their annual Hobo Harvest Time Express Fall celebration in support of Olympic Medalist and four-time World Cup Skiing Champion Bode Miller’s Turtle Ridge Foundation. The grand prize of the raffle is a one-of-a-kind, life-sized scarecrow of Miller created by the talented artisans from Annalee Dolls in Meredith, NH, dressed in Bode’s very own U.S. Ski Team race gear.
Established by Bode Miller in 2005 to support innovative and progressive adaptive and youth athletic opportunities in local communities, the Turtle Ridge Foundation seeks to provide a voice to people and organizations that offer the opportunity for the disabled community and young people to participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities that would not readily be available to them without their assistance.
The “Take Bode Home” raffle as it’s being referred to, kicks off at the Hobo Railroad this coming Saturday, September 23, 2017, and will last through Sunday, October 22, 2017. The grand prize winner will receive a unique, life-sized scarecrow of the Olympic Gold Medalist dressed completely in his very own gear which includes one of his U.S. Ski Team training suits, a race bib (#32) that he wore at one of the World Cup races held at Beaver Creek, CO as well as one of Bode’s well-known orange and white POC race helmets. The package also includes a new, unmounted pair of Bode’s Head World Cup slalom skis, a deluxe overnight stay for two at the Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, NH as well as a pair of lift tickets to Cannon Mountain – the mountain where the Olympian and four-time World Cup Champion first learned to ski.
“The Turtle Ridge Foundation is always looking for new and exciting ways to stay involved in our community. This partnership with the Hobo Railroad is a perfect project for the Fall foliage season,” mentioned Kyla Miller, Chief Operating Director at the Turtle Ridge Foundation. “The "Take Bode Home" raffle and tour of the other Cornstalk Critters at the Hobo Railroad will offer a unique opportunity to support the Turtle Ridge Foundation, learn more about adaptive sports and the importance of youth sports in life.”
Additional prizes for the “Take Bode Home” raffle include a pair of Head World Cup GS skis provided by Sport Thoma of Lincoln, NH and Head Skis, an overnight for two at the historic Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH along with a pair of lift tickets to Bretton Woods Resort and a pair of tickets for their popular Canopy Tour, an overnight stay for two at the Holiday inn Express & Suites in Lincoln, NH, an autographed copy of Bode’s book – Bode: Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun. The list of raffle prizes continues with additional pairs of lift tickets to Waterville Valley Resort and Loon Mountain along with a $35 Specialty Gift Package from Harman’s Cheese & Country Store located in nearby in Sugar Hill, NH.
Tickets for the “Take Bode Home” raffle in support of the Turtle Ridge Foundation will be available for $5.00 each and booklets of ten raffle tickets will be available for $50.00 at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH starting Saturday, September 23, 2017. Winning numbers for the raffle will be drawn on Monday, October, 23, 2017 and participants don’t have to be present to win. Winners will be notified by phone and E-mail, while 100% of the proceeds from the “Take Bode Home” raffle will support the Turtle Ridge Foundation, a non-profit organization.
“We’re excited to be hosting the “Take Bode Home” raffle this Fall in support of the Turtle Ridge Foundation”, stated Paul Giblin, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads. “Being able to support an organization that focuses on assisting the disabled community and young people in their quest to enjoy sports and outdoor activities is a true honor. We hope the public will join us in making a difference through supporting this unique raffle.”
The life-sized scarecrow of Bode Miller is also part of an annual month-long Fall harvest celebration at the Hobo Railroad. Referred to by many as “New Hampshire’s Classic Fall Foliage Experience”, the Hobo Railroad’s station and grounds take on an entirely new appearance for Autumn with the addition of their Hobo Farm Stand which is stocked with fall-themed products from around New England as well as a selection of pumpkins from the Moulton Farm in Meredith, NH. In addition, the adjacent Hobo Farm Yard is filled with a variety of games for all ages like pumpkin bowling, ring toss, horse shoes, bean bag toss, sack races, croquet and corn hole, not to mention an impressive display of five antique tractors provided by the Presby Transportation Museum located in Whitefield, NH.
In addition, the Hobo Railroad’s now-famous life-sized scarecrows, known as “Cornstalk Critters”, will be on display and available to pose with between 10:00am and 3:00pm daily. Created exclusively for the Hobo Railroad by the Annalee Doll Co. in Meredith, NH, this year’s Cornstalk Critter theme is “Scarecrows of Sports”.
Beside the life-sized Bode Miller scarecrow, this year’s mix of eight straw-filled characters includes NHL hockey legend Bobby Orr from the Boston Bruins, 12-time NBA All Star Larry Bird from the Boston Celtics, home run record-setter David Ortiz from the Boston Red Sox, 5-time NFL Super Bowl winner Tom Brady from the New England Patriots, 7-time NASCAR Champion Richard Petty, World Champion Heavyweight Boxer Muhammad Ali along with his flamboyant Boxing Promoter Don King. This year’s Cornstalk Critters once again have traditional hand-painted Annalee Doll faces that look as close as possible to the characters they represent and they’re posed and dressed in such a way as to make them easily recognizable.
Tickets for the Hobo Harvest Time Express which is open daily from 10am to 3pm through October 15 are $20 for adults and $15 for children 3-11, while ages 2 and under are free. The Hobo Railroad is conveniently located in Lincoln, NH, just off Exit 32 on I-93, left on Route 112, directly across from McDonalds. For information regarding the Turtle Ridge Foundation, visit www.turtleridgefoundation.org. For additional information regarding the Hobo Railroad’s Hobo Harvest Time Express or the “Take Bode Home” raffle, call (603) 745-2135 between 9am and 3pm or visit www.HoboRR.com.