Seneca Battalion participates in Bonagany festivities

CDT Smith displays the US Army engraved KA-Bar knife that was raffled off at the Seneca Battalion ROTC tent during BonaGany on Saturday, September 26th.
CDT Smith displays the US Army engraved KA-BAR knife that was raffled off at the Seneca Battalion ROTC tent during BonaGany on Saturday, September 26th.

Every year Seneca Battalion ROTC has a tent at the local Bonagany festival in Allegany, New York.  Offering grilled hotdogs and hamburgers for sale, Cadets take turns working shifts at the tent passing out recruiting materials and paracord bracelets as well as various St. Bonaventure ROTC merchandise like custom basketballs and water bottles.  Proceeds were to benefit the Gold Bar club, which acts as the extracurricular ROTC group that raises money to fund various cadet activities.

Two Seneca Battalion cadets do pushups with a student trying to earn a basketball at the ROTC table.
Two Seneca Battalion cadets do pushups with a student trying to earn a basketball at the ROTC table.

This year cadets added some fun to the work with a pushup contest and games for people to try.  Twenty pushups earned onlookers a small prize, thirty a basketball.

Seneca Battalion cadets quickly ran out of both recruiting materials and food, having to run back to the ROTC department multiple times.

After all was said and done, Seneca Battalion raised several hundred dollars towards future events like Dining In and Military Ball, which are formal ceremonies conducted at the end of each semester to celebrate the ROTC traditions.

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