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Own A Wisconsin Farm For $50
After trying unsuccessfully to sell their 51-acre farm through conventional methods, John and Amy Cisney, of Ferryville, Wis., decided to give it away as the grand prize in a unique kind of contest that you can enter!
"No one was willing to buy the farm because of current high interest rates. We had it on the market for over a year, but couldn't sell it," explains Amy.
Instead, the Cisneys decided to sponsor a contest featuring their farm as grand prize. Because raffles are illegal in Wisconsin, they introduced "an element of skill" by requiring a written essay along with an entry fee.
To win the contest, you simply have to explain. in 25 words or less: "I want to own a farm in Wisconsin because . . . " Each entry must be accompanied by $50 and a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and phone number. The Cisneys are printing 3,500 tickets. If fewer than 1,800 tickets are sold, the contest will be cancelled and all money refunded after May 31, 1982.
The essays will be judged by an independent judging firm in Rhode Island. The winner will receive the farm, which is half tillable and half wooded, a restored 2-story farmhouse complete with skylight and solid cherry paneling, a log cabin work-shop, garage and a large garden and orchard area.
Entries must be postmarked no' later than March 31, 1982. Judging will be completed by May 31, 1982.
For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: FARM SHOW Followup, John and Amy Cisney, Rt. 1, Ferryville, Wis. 54628 (ph 608 648-2219).

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1981 - Volume #5, Issue #6