A Chicken Drop fundraiser to benefit Charlie Trapp will be held on Saturday, June 29, at Speedway in Milbank. The first chicken drop will be at 5 p.m. and a freewill meal of pork loin begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the chicken drop are $10 and available in advance from family members or at the door.
Charlie was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, and he continues to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. His most recent major surgery was last month and his next round of chemotherapy starts July 1.
If you’ve lived in Milbank a while, you probably know Charlie. But, did you know his mother wanted him to always be called Charles? He wasn’t. If you followed him through school from the Grant County Center #1 Country School or through the halls of MHS, where he graduated in 1974, he was always Charlie.
After high school, Charlie worked for the Milwaukee Railroad, Ray Bracht Transportation, Milo Porter Construction, Skelgas, and Trapp Bros. Plumbing and Heating. After working six years for Trapp Bros., Charlie suffered an on-the-job injury. He underwent multiple back surgeries, but became disabled in 2000. Charlie is married to Sandy Folk Trapp. He has three sons- Steve Trapp, Mike Trapp and Josh Trapp- and one stepdaughter, Alicia Wohlleber.
Now you know all about Charlie, but what the heck is a Chicken Drop?
Charlie and his siblings – Ardele Huls, Don, Linda Comstock, Diane Hastings, Karen Seaton, and Scott – were raised on a farm just west of Milbank. Today they are more mature, and thus created this new-fangled benefit game called a Chicken Drop. Here’s how it works: You buy a ticket which corresponds to a “number” on a tarp. The tarp will be in a fenced in area in the Speedway parking lot. A chicken will be placed on the tarp. The chicken is allowed to wander around the tarp until it hears the call of nature. When it decides to make a deposit, the person wins who is holding the ticket corresponding to the number chosen by the chicken. (You need not be present to win.) It’s a lot like roulette, but with chickens and chicken doo-doo. Call it farm roulette or call it crazy. Call him Charles or call him Charlie. Just be a good egg and show up on Saturday!