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Three Day Stampede sees record donations

BRISTOL — Organizers for the Three Day Stampede say they’ve collected a record number of donations for this year’s event, and they’re looking for more.
 “As of today we have collected over five tractor-trailer loads full of everything from furniture to home décor to sporting goods for your shopping pleasure,” founder and organizer Bonita Bedard said in a statement. “Saturday’s drop-offs alone filled a 48-foot trailer, leaving us scrambling to store the remainder of the items.”
Paquette’s Self Storage provided organizers with another trailer to store more donations. The final two drop-off times are Saturday, July 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, July 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Bedard said she expects many more donations to flood in during the final days.
 “We know that our last Saturday drop-off is going to be a busy one, just based on the number of phone calls, emails and Facebook messages we have responded to,” Bedard said. “People don’t want to miss their opportunity to get rid of their extras and the Stampede is the perfect place to do that.”
The Stampede will run from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. More than 400 items will be up for bid in a silent auction, and the event will also include a used book sale, bake sale and chicken barbecue.
Since its inaugural event in 1993, the Three Day Stampede has raised more than $1.4 million in donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a charity that funds research of the genetic disorder. Bonita and David Bedard have headed the event since their granddaughter was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a child.
Last year, the Stampede raised more than $125,000, with $51,000 coming from the yard sale. In recent years, the event has consistently raised more than $100,000 — $105,000 in 2012 and $110,000 in 2011.
Organizers are also looking for volunteers to staff the event. Last year, more than 100 residents volunteered their time to help out the cause. For more information, visit www.threedaystampede.org.

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