The Rotary Club of Hailey will use GPS satellite tracking technology to locate winners of this year’s Road Apple Roulette game during the Fourth of July Parade. Winners will be singled out depending on where the “road apple” horse poop hits the road during the parade.

    The Rotary Club described the game as a “high-stakes gamble on rear-end activities.”

    Prizes this year include a one-week stay in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; a Sun Valley Ski pass; and a $500 gift certificate to Christopher & Co. jewelers of Hailey.

    The Road Apple Roulette is the Rotary’s primary annual fundraiser, providing support for nonprofit organizations and about $20,000 each year in scholarships for Wood River High School and College of Southern Idaho students.

    The nonprofit organizations supported include PolioPlus, the Flourish Foundation, the Choices Education Group for preparing middle-schoolers for college, the Wood River High School Model United Nations Club, Company of Fools’ theater tickets for students, Kiwanis Club of Hailey and the Rotarun Ski Club.

    The game works by sectioning off the parade route into 10,000 squares, each designated by a number. If, during the parade, a horse happens to drop a “road apple” on a participant’s square, that name goes into a drum for the prize drawing at the end of the parade. Participants who purchase multiple squares will have their name entered for each square a road apple hits.

    Participants can buy as many squares as are available for $5 apiece. Tickets can be purchased from Rotary Club members and at numerous businesses in the Wood River Valley. After buying squares, participants can find where their squares are on the parade route by entering a square tag number into a search tool on the event’s website.

    The Hailey Rotary Club is part of an organization of business and professional people united worldwide to provide “humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”

    “The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise,” the nonprofit’s website states.

    Announcement of the Road Apple Roulette winners will be held right after the parade. The Rotary Club will post winners on its website and notifying them by phone.

    For more information and to buy tickets, go to roadappleroulette.com.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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