The Panola County Heritage Foundation will host Bubba Bingo on Saturday, Sept 7 at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the bingo event will go towards the Panola County Heritage Museum, which members of the foundation are working on getting ready to reopen, Foundation Secretary Cindy Deloney, said.
“After the first one (in 2017), we were able to finish all the remodeling, the carpet and painting and the new cases for the exhibits and everything,” Deloney said. “And after this one we’re hoping to be able to get the designer who’s also the designer of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, his name is Rusty Summerville, up here to finish the exhibit, and then we also need to get a fire escape to be able to reopen.”
The museum tells the history of Panola County, with Deloney noting donors gave amazing things like Caddo Indian pottery. But she said officials were hoping to add to the exhibits and update it.
“Carthage was incorporated in 1848, and Panola County was incorporated in 1846. So we’ve got things going back all the way to the beginning. We have furniture, we have some iconic signs from Panola County. There’s just so much up there, it’s going to be amazing when we are able to get it reopened.”
Bubba Bingo is themed around outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing. Deloney said the prizes are anything from Yeti Coolers to guns, and the prize for the jackpot round is a lifetime hunting and fishing license, which she said is worth about $1,800.
Tickets are $40 in advance at the Panola County Chamber of Commerce or $45 at the door, and tables of 10 can be bought for $300.
“The ticket includes 10 bingo games, and that’s three cards for each game, and then we have a lot of chances to win door prizes, so you can purchase those as you go in, and then the jackpot game is not including in your ticket,” Deloney said. “You purchase that card, or as many cards as you want, for the jackpot game there at that night.”
Deloney said the event’s cause means a lot to her.
“For many years and for me personally growing up, and then a lot of the generation behind me, we grew up going there and enjoying that museum and learning about our county’s history, and so we’ve got a whole bunch of kids who have not been able to do that, so getting this back open is really important for us,” she said. “The Old Jail is a great museum, and then so is the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and getting this one back and having these three amazing museums in our community is a goal that needs to be met.”
Bubba Bingo will take place at the Carthage Civic Center, with doors opening at 6 p.m.