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Fair –n- Square If you’ve ever put your money down on a football pool, then you’ve played a version of Fair-n-Square. In Fair-n-Square, buyers purchase any number of squares out of 100, but instead of buyers guessing the score of a featured football game, they buy and select one or more squares at a set price. The game board is created exactly like a football pool - 100 empty squares for players to write their name and bid number on. After the board is filled a number between 1 and 10 is drawn for both the horizontal and vertical borders. The winning square is discovered when a line is drawn from the corresponding numbered border squares intersecting over the winning square. How To 1. Begin with a standard piece of foam core measuring about 2’X3’ and creative supplies. 2. Decide how much will be charged for a single square. $5, $10, $25. If the audience is under 200 consider giving away 2 squares for one price. 3. Draw a boxed chart with 11 evenly spaced squares across the top and 10 evenly spaced squares vertically. 4. Begin with the vertical border and shade the border in color and number the squares from 1 through 10. 5. Next number squares across the top. 6. Select a mystery prize to give to the winner. 7. As people buy squares, write their bid number and last name on the square. 8. After the board is filled, bring the board to the stage. 9. Draw 2 numbers between 1 and 10 for both border squares. As an example the vertical square could be the 2 and the horizontal square could be a 7. 10. Draw an imaginary line down and across until both lines intersect. 11. Award the winner the prize.


Linda designed this game of Fair-n-Square and then had it printed to fit on a 3X5 piece of foam core board.


The Fair and Square board may be the only reference for recording, collecting and reconciliation. It is important to write legibly in felt tip pen so the bid number and name is easy to decipher and announce to the crowd. Once the winner has been announced return the game board to the recording clerks for safe keeping. Every bid number on the board will be entered into the software. After recording the players, write the words “Fair-nSquare Entered� on a sticky note and place the board near the reconciliation tray. Do not throw away the game board.

Auction Powerhouse Tip: The game board can be small enough that a volunteer can carry it around the venue selling squares or large enough to attract attention. If the game is sponsored, create a large attractive board and place the grand prize and free gifts on a display table. Auction Powerhouse Tip: The board can be created out of foam core, a 4 foot ruler and a felt tip pen. Auction Powerhouse Tip: The price of the square is relative to the prize. $5 for a prize valued at $100-$200, $10 for a prize valued at $300-$500.


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