After being postponed in 2020 and going virtual in 2021, the much-anticipated Bonanza Extravaganza is finally resuming with a live event this coming May 6th and 7th at the Hagerstown Speedway. The annual fund-raising event has been helping finance the local community’s first responders since it was first organized by the IAFF Local 1605 Foundation, Inc. in 2006.
In the years that followed, the Bonanza Extravaganza has grown into an eagerly-awaited annual event held during Mother’s Day weekend and attended by more than 16,000 people.
This coming May, the event will feature a variety of activities including live music, vendors, and a raffle draw with cash prizes totaling over $850,000, which is the highlight of the two-day event. Ticket holders get a chance to win prizes sponsored by the event’s partners including seven Harley Davidson motorcycles from M&S Harley Davidson and seven Chevrolet vehicles from presenting sponsor Blaise Alexander Chevrolet. In addition, the raffle awards winners cash prizes including a new $50,000 and a grand prize of $100,000.
President John Murray of the IAFF Local 1605 Foundation, Inc. states, “Once again our Foundation has demonstrated what is possible when we partner with businesses and community organizations to put on the greatest show in the Tri-State.”
Founded to protect first responders across Canada and US, the IAFF now represents more than 300,000 firefighters and paramedics. Presently, 107 professional firefighters from Hagerstown and Washington County Department of Emergency Services make up the Association’s Local 1605 chapter.
In 2005, Local 1605 members decided to form a non-profit philanthropic foundation that now heads the organizing of the Bonanza Extravaganza. The proceeds of the event have contributed significantly to the welfare of Hagerstown and its residents. Since its launch, it has generated over 1.9 million dollars for the benefit of other local non-profits and charities. Some of the larger grants were a $40,000 donation to Children’s Village, a $60,000 transport van being used to transfer cancer patients to local treatment facilities, and a $30,000 transport van to Brooke’s House to assist women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse.
With the resumption of the live event, the Bonanza Extravaganza organizers hope to continue providing aid to the citizens of the Greater Hagerstown area.
“The annual Bonanza Extravaganza has emerged as Washington County’s largest and most economically impactful special event,” described Dan Spedden, President of Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
More information about the Bonanza Extravaganza can be found at its event website, https://bonanzaextravaganza.com/.