Comets Quilt - Front.jpgAugust 28, 2019

The annual Comet Athletic Club Sportsmen’s Raffle event, including the Farmers Bowl silent auction, is scheduled for Saturday evening, Sept. 14. The event is the grand finale for the Farmers Bowl 2019 celebration and will be held at the Mayville armory. The doors open at 5 p.m. for socializing and bidding on the silent auction. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the drawings in the 50-gun giveaway will begin at 7 p.m. Throughout the evening there will be opportunities to participate in drawings for prize packages, cash, and more. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Those who wish to attend the event, but not participate in the 50-gun giveaway may purchase a meal-only admission ticket for $25. Everyone purchasing a meal-only ticket has a chance to win a $250 gift card from Scheels! Those who wish to participate in the gun giveaway and have a 1-in-10 chance to win a gun may purchase a raffle ticket which sells for $100. This ticket gives the purchaser free admission to the event and a complimentary meal. See the listing of the 50 guns that will be raffled at The meal-only and gun raffle tickets are available for purchase at the MSU Foundation and from Comet Athletic Club board members.

“We are super-excited about the plans for this year’s Sportsmen’s Raffle/Farmers Bowl silent auction event,” said Beth Swenson, interim executive director of the MSU Foundation. “We encourage all Norwegian Tine.jpgwho have participated in the Farmers Bowl auction, as well as the Sportsmen’s Raffle event, in the past to join us for this much-anticipated event. If you’ve not been a part of these events in the past, try it out. You’re sure to have lots of fun, all for a great cause - Mayville State University and its students.”

A wonderful selection of auction items has been donated to the Farmers Bowl Auction by generous Mayville State alumni and friends. There is something for everyone, including a Comets quilt featuring all MSU sports which has been hand-crafted and donated by Marion Baker of Mayville. Other items include Fargo Force game tickets, Mayville State memorabilia, a party for ten at the Top Hat, home décor items, fishing packages for kids and adults, toys for kids, embroidered dish towels, an original watercolor painting by Doug Anderson, hand-crafted benches, jewelry, and more. A person could win 12 dozen rolls from Soholt Bakery, 12 pies from Paula’s Steakhouse and Lounge, or a haircut a month at The Wild Side. Former Mayville State president Dr. Gary Hagen has crafted and donated a Norwegian tine box. What is that? Check it out along with a listing and photos of many of the great items that will be available on the silent auction at

Other activities planned in conjunction with the Mayville State University Farmers Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 14 include a parade that will make its way through downtown Mayville and end on the Mayville State campus near Jerome Berg Field. The parade begins at 10 a.m. To register an entry in the parade, contact Stacy Buchl at The legendary Mayville State corn on the cob and hot dog feed will begin at 10:30 a.m. just outside of Jerome Berg Field. There will also be inflatable games for kids and a farmers market at that time and in that same location. The Comets will host Trinity Bible College in the Farmers Bowl football game. Kickoff is at noon at Jerome Berg Field. The Comets will debut their commemorative wheat motif helmets. Donors to the Farmers Bowl helmet project will be recognized at half time. The Mayville State volleyball team will host Lakehead University at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse at 3:30 p.m.

Mayville State friends, the First State Bank - Portland, Mayville, Grand Forks, Thompson, and Buxton; AgCountry Farm Credit, Grand Forks, N.D.; Moore Engineering, West Fargo; Northern Feed & Bean - Larry and Kathy Lande, Lucerne, Colo.; Steele Trail County Mutual Insurance; and Citizens State Bank - Finley, Northwood, and Cooperstown, have stepped up to sponsor Farmers Bowl 2019.

Proceeds of the Farmers Bowl silent auction will benefit the students of Mayville State University through the work of the Comet Athletic Club, the MSU Alumni Association, and the MSU Foundation. Proceeds of the Sportsmen’s Raffle will provide scholarship assistance to Mayville State’s student athletes via the Comet Athletic Club.

For more information about Farmers Bowl 2019, call 701-788-4864, email, or go to

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Top: Much thought and effort has gone into every detail of this cozy quilt created and donated by Marion Baker of Mayville. Each of Mayville State’s six sports is represented. Quilting detail includes baseball/softball gloves, basketballs, football helmets, bats, and more.

Bottom: Gary Hagen has hand-crafted and donated this beautiful Norwegian tine box for the Farmers Bowl silent auction. It is made from cherry wood and is stitched with leather.