Before the start of the Winter Wonderland Parade, Sidney Bicentennial Committee Co-Chairs Shelby County Commissioner Bob Guillozet and Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst recruited the help of Krista and Grady Lyle to pull the winning tickets for the Sidney Bicentennial Henry rifles. The duo, children of Chris and Marcia Lyle of Jackson Center, pulled the tickets of Michael Wooddell of Sidney and John Holthaus of Fort Loramie.
Krista Lyle pulled the Wooddell’s ticket for the grand prize. Wooddell won the Sidney Bicentennial Commemorative Serial Number 1 Henry Golden Boy rifle.
Grady Lyle pulled Holthaus’ ticket. He won the second prize, a Sidney Bicentennial Commemorative Serial Number 1 Henry Standard rifle.
The winners were contacted by phone, and later Guillozet visited each of them personally to provide them the requisite registration paperwork required for rifles. The winners recently met at Tactical Solutions to pick up their prizes.
Both winners were ecstatic with their rifles. “The engraving is outstanding,” Holthaus stated. “This will definitely be something that we’ll pass down to future generations, perhaps hang it over the mantle, certainly not something we are going to shoot.”
“I’m keeping mine in the original box,” Wooddell said. “It will be something I treasure, not something I’m going to use.”
“We want to thank the businesses that sold raffle tickets for us,” Guillozet stated following the drawing. Certainly that includes Mike Meyer at Meyer’s Garage in Newport, Mark and Scarlett Henman at Tactical Solutions in Pasco, Grace Lochard at Lochard’s Do-It Best Hardware in Sidney, and Josh Brautigum at Sidney Ace Hardware.”
“With the exception of the cost of printing the tickets, the raffle was pure profit,” Guillozet stated. “Brian Nesby of Rocky Mountain Firearms donated both the rifles for the raffle. All the money raised will help with the expenses incurred during the year-long celebration.”
“Certainly we appreciate Brian’s generosity,” Barhorst stated. “I had the opportunity to work closely with him as the gun was designed. Inasmuch as designing a commemorative rifle was not something I had ever done before Shelby County’s Bicentennial, I appreciated his patience as he worked with us in designing the guns.”
“I also want to especially thank Mary Beth Monnier of Creative Marketing Strategies. She was able to greatly assist in the design of the artwork for the guns, and much of the detail included in the engravings on the rifles are the result of her work,” Barhorst noted.