|You could win this 1966 Mustang.|
There won't be a Mason District Fall Festival this year. Supervisor Penny Gross said, “we can’t afford to run it anymore.” But the Mason District Police Station and Mason District Government Center are inviting the public to a joint Open House Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale.
The highlight of the event will be the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club’s annual raffle for a classic car—a fully restored “springtime yellow’ 1966 Mustang convertible with a black top and black interior. There will also be police demonstrations, including a SWAT truck, K9 corps, and helicopter; a moonbounce; food; police station tours; and displays featuring information about county programs.
The Mason District open house “is in no way a replacement for the fall festival. There is no connection at all,” Gross said. The Mason District has had an Open House every couple of years or so, and “we’d been planning this for last April, and weren’t able to do it in April.”
Representatives of various county agencies and Inova Fairfax Hospital will be at the Open House, “with public service kinds of things,” Gross said. But there won’t be performances, craft vendors, or rides like there were at Mason Fall Festivals of the past. And the Fire Department won’t be there either, because the firehouses will be having their own annual open houses on that day.
The raffle of a classic car, the major fundraising activity of the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club, had traditionally taken place at the Mason Fall Festival. This year, it will happen at the Mason Open House, at 1 p.m. Raffle tickets, which can be purchased online or at the event, are $25.
The annual raffle usually nets the club $80,000 to $90,000, says Ben Hester, head of fundraising and former chair of the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club. The proceeds will support a long list of charities, scholarships, and community service projects.
Last year, the Mason District Festival was canceled at the last minute because rain was predicted. The Rotary Club lucked out, because the raffle was held early, on the Sunday before Labor Day, during a gathering of the Mustang Club of America, Hester said, so when the festival was canceled, it didn’t have an effect on the club’s fundraising campaign.