Two contestants win Rain Game Classic
Hilary Bell and Helen Boggs won Petersburg’s first annual Rain Game Classic—a guessing game in which contestants estimate the total amount of annual rainfall in Petersburg.
Chamber of Commerce Director Cindi Lagoudakis said this year’s rainfall totaled 110.19 inches according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data.
Both Bell and Boggs guessed closest at 110.2 inches. Both turned in their tickets on the same day at the same event after receiving free tickets at the Chili Cook Off at the Sons of Norway Hall.
“I don’t know her (Boggs) at all,” Bell said.
“I just looked at the previous year,” Bell said. “This year seemed a little bit dryer so I went on the low end of that. I guess I just got lucky.”
Boggs said she just “winged it” when she came up with her answer.
The chamber collected $960 in total with half of that dispersed between the winners.
Lagoudakis said tickets should be available for this year’s game in early March during the Chamber of Commerce banquet.