Virtual Mega Raffle

WOW! We are happy to announce that in less than one month we sold out of our MerleFest Mega Raffle tickets! THANK YOU! We are humbled by the overwhelming response we’ve received in support of our students. Please be sure to join us right here for the virtual drawing on May 11, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to see if you won! Good luck!

Wilkes Community College (WCC) Foundation will hold its first annual MerleFest Mega Raffle to support scholarships at Wilkes Community College. The Mega Raffle drawings will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 7:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Over $127,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded, with a winner being drawn every two (2) minutes. ONLY 2,500 tickets will be sold, and you do not have to be present to win.

Winners will be announced during the live event on this page. Winners will also be notified via phone or mail to confirm prize. Additionally, winners will be listed on the MerleFest website.

Raffle tickets are $100 each and include two entries to the MerleFest Mega Raffle drawings.

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend

The all-new Bronco Sport off-road vehicle – the Bronco of small SUVs – signals for adventure-seekers a welcome return to roads and trails less traveled. With unmistakable Bronco styling and unrelenting Bronco capability, the smaller sibling of Bronco two-door and first-ever four-door SUVs joins the family with its own idea of fun. As with all Broncos, 4×4 is standard, and this rugged SUV is engineered to handle whatever weekend adventure its owner has in mind.

Standard features on the Bronco Sport Big Bend include:  4×4, 1.5L EcoBoost engine, 8-speed transmission, LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, Ford Co-Pilot 360 (includes auto high beams, BLIS – blind spot info system with cross traffic alert, lane keeping system, pre-collision assist, rear view camera), FordPass Connect, SYNC 3 w/ 8 inch touchscreen, Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. modes, 17″ wheels carbonized gray painted with high gloss aluminum, push button start, keyless entry keypad, AM/FM/Sirius Satellite Radio.

Provided by Yadkin Valley Motor Company of North Wilkesboro


2021 Nissan Rogue SV

2021 Nissan Rogue SV

Fiercely reimagined for 2021, the Nissan Rogue SV 4-door All-Wheel drive is designed to meet all the needs of today’s young families with the ideal mix of expressive design, advanced technology, safety, comfort and versatility.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue SV is well-equipped with Back-Up Camera, Blind Spot Monitor, Automatic Headlights, Daytime Running Lights, Rear Parking Aid, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Multi-Zone A/C, Power Liftgate, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Keyless Start, Remote Engine Start, Bluetooth Connection, WiFi Hotspot, Smart Device Integration, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, MP3 Player, Aluminum Wheels, All Wheel Drive, Regular Unleaded I-4 2.5 L/152 Engine, 1-Speed CVT w/OD Transmission and much more!

Provided by McNeill Nissan of Wilkesboro


Nintendo Switch Bundle

Nintendo Switch Bundle

Nintendo Switch is nothing short of a sensation; its unique hybrid design provides a versatile gaming experience. The Nintendo Switch bundle includes Vizio 70” TV, Nintendo Switch console, Victorage GP01-9-USA gaming chair, P-Series Headset, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, Joy-Con Left & Right, One-Year Nintendo Online Membership, Tempered glass screen protector, Switch Elite Play & Charge case, RingFit Adventure, Mario Kart, Mario Party, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, Pokemon Sword, Pokemon Shield, Hyrule Warriors, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo eShop gift cards, and two-year warranty.

Provided by GameStop of Wilkesboro


PlayStation 5 Bundle

PlayStation 5 Bundle

Experience lightning-fast loading with an ultra-high speed SSD, deeper immersion with support for haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and 3D Audio, and an all-new generation of incredible PlayStation games.  The PlayStation 5 bundle includes Vizio 70″ TV, PlayStation 5 console, Victorage GP01-91-USA gaming chair, Astro A40 Gen 4 Headset, One-year PlayStation Plus Online Membership, Dualsense PS5 controller, Dualsense charge station, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Watch Dogs Legion, Call of Duty: Cold War, Man-eater, Nba 2k21 Mamba Edition, Assassin’s creed Valhalla, Spiderman: Miles Morales Ultimate edition, PlayStation Plus Gift cards, and two-year warranty.

Provided by GameStop of Wilkesboro


Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6

Series 6 Apple Watch with GPS + Cellular lets you measure your blood oxygen level with a revolutionary new sensor and app. Take an ECG from your wrist. See your fitness metrics on the enhanced Always-On Retina display, now 2.5x brighter outdoors when your wrist is down. Set a bedtime routine and track your sleep. And reply to calls and messages right from your wrist. It’s the ultimate device for a healthier, more active, more connected life.

Provided by Carolina West of Wilkesboro


Santa Cruz Tony Rice Guitar

Santa Cruz Tony Rice Guitar

The Tony Rice Signature Model is a custom TR model with German Spruce top, Adirondack bracing with hot hide glue and vintage top. It represents over 30 years of collaboration between the world’s foremost flatpicking icon and SCGC’s founding luthier, Richard Hoover. It incorporates decades of refinement in response to players’ demands and the sophisticated evolution of the master’s technique. Never intended to be a copy of Mr. Rice’s iconic 1935 Martin D-28, the TR Model is voiced to showcase his stellar lead work with influences from Clarence White to John Coltrane. This guitar delivers exactly what the contemporary flatpicking artist needs: substantial treble and midrange for rapid single-line lead, clean note separation for definition and the traditional bass boom without the woofy bottom end of some of the venerable Pre-war dreadnoughts.

Provided by Santa Cruz Guitar Company of Santa Cruz, CA


Samsung 55” Class TU8300 4K Crystal UHD HDR Smart TV & Bose 500 Sound Bar

Samsung 55” Class TU8300 4K Crystal UHD HDR Smart TV & Bose 500 Sound Bar

Experience crystal clear colors that are fine-tuned to deliver a naturally crisp and vivid picture. The ultra-fast processor transforms everything you watch into stunning 4K. Immersive curves to enhance your viewing experience. Modern and polished, the sleek curved design fills the contours of your space with an immersive viewing experience. Key features include (HDR) High Dynamic Range lets you enjoy a wide spectrum of colors and visual details, even in dark scenes; auto game mode automatically optimizes the screen and minimizes input lag, giving your control. multiple voice assistants, game enhancer, Dolby Digital Plus sound, Bluetooth and wi-fi enabled, and one-year warranty.

The Soundbar 500 features technology that aims to reduce distortion to deliver more bass from an impossibly thin cabinet. The Soundbar 500 comes with Amazon Alexa built right in, with a custom-designed eight-microphone array so Alexa can hear you no matter how loud your music is. Additional features include built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities for endless wireless music options, and a one year warranty.

Provided by Mountain View TV Center of West Jefferson


Custom-Designed Ring

Custom-Designed Ring

Michael’s Jewelry, owned and operated by Michael Parsons, has been serving Wilkes and surrounding counties for 35 years.

After years of valuable experience working in his family’s jewelry store, Michael followed his heart and set off to perfect his craft. He attended the Trenton Jewelry School and the Gemological Institute of America and has been a gemologist since 1981. The opening of this store in North Wilkesboro in 1985 was the culmination of his belief that customer satisfaction was a priority and quality jewelry can be affordable.

Michael’s Jewelry is creating a one-of-a-kind custom-designed ring for the WCC Foundation’s MerleFest Mega Raffle. Designing and creating jewelry has been the hallmark of Michael’s for 24 years.

Provided by Michael’s Jewelry of North Wilkesboro


Giant Bicycle

Giant Bicycle

Everyone has their own challenges, goals, and motivation to ride. Giant, the world’s leading brand of high-quality bicycles, offers comfort and maximized performance. Unleash your full potential no matter the chosen path!

Winner may select from one of the following options:

  • 2021 VIDA E+ MID-STEP*/LOW-STEP — Just like riding a bike, but more fun! Riding with Vida E+ is the perfect way to explore the city, feel the wind on your face, and push your fitness routine. These bike frames are designed to give confident, easygoing ride quality.
  • 2021 DEFY/AVAIL ADVANCED 2 —These smooth-riding endurance road bikes are purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides on all types of roads from epic solo adventures to group road rides.
  • 2021 INTRIGUE/TRANCE 29 3— Climb technical steeps, rail descents or rip through backcountry singletrack with confidence and speed with these full suspension bikes. They include top performance Trail Maestro suspension to help soak up every bump, from big rocks to small undulations.

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Provided by Cook’s Sporting Goods of North Wilkesboro


Two MerleFest Gold Patron Packages

Two MerleFest Gold Patron Packages

Includes 4 General Admission Tickets with Backstage / Friends and Family access, side-stage seating at Watson Stage (limited), full backstage patron access at Watson Stage, backstage meals provided all days of the festival, 4 Late Night Jam Tickets, 6 entries into the MerleFest Raffle, on-campus parking, 4 Official MerleFest posters, access to Friends and Family area seating, and a patron gift. 

Provided by MerleFest 


Contest Rules

  1. The MerleFest Mega Raffle will take place on May 11, 2021 (unless postponed or cancelled in accordance with these rules). The actual drawing of entries and registering of winners on that date is herein referred to as the “Event”.
  2. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older to purchase a raffle ticket and win a prize.
  3. Unsold raffle tickets become the property of MerleFest and the WCC Foundation (hereinafter “MerleFest”).
  4. No more than 2,500 raffle tickets will be sold.
  5. Each raffle ticket must contain only one individual’s name. For example: “Mr. and Mrs. John Doe” is not acceptable since that represents two people. Only one person can claim the drawn prize associated with a winning ticket.
  6. MerleFest will not distribute any free or discounted tickets.
  7. For each raffle ticket sold, MerleFest will give the ticketholder two (2) entries for the raffle drawing. Each entry will be identified with the ticketholder’s name and email confirmation number.
  8. For the drawings, all entries will be placed in a lottery barrel. There will be 24 draws. For each prize, a single entry will be drawn. That entry will not be placed back in the barrel for remaining draws. An entry can only win one prize.
  9. A ticketholder can win more than once either with the two chances on the raffle ticket or by purchasing additional raffle tickets.
  10. Tickets must be purchased online using the MerleFest website Mega Raffle tab. Ticketholders will receive a confirmation email. The email confirmation will serve as the purchaser’s raffle ticket. The email confirmation will contain a code which must be presented to claim a prize. Tickets are not valid until the credit card has cleared.
  11. MerleFest reserves the right to postpone the MerleFest Mega Raffle for any reason. Should this occur, registered ticketholders who provide an email address will be notified by email, and a notice will be placed on the MerleFest website –
  12. MerleFest reserves the right to cancel the MerleFest Mega Raffle for any reason including, but not limited to, insufficient ticket sales. A minimum of 750 tickets must be sold for the raffle to occur. If the MerleFest Mega Raffle is cancelled, all ticketholders will receive a refund of the purchase price.
  13. If the event is held, ALL listed prizes will be awarded. In the event that a listed prize is not available, a substitution of a like prize will be made.
  14. MerleFest reserves the right to cut off ticket sales at any time prior to the raffle drawings.
  15. Winners are responsible for all taxes, transfers, and fees which must be paid before receipt of the prize by the winner. Some prizes may require withholding of Federal taxes from the prize in accordance with IRS rules. (Note: Taxes withheld are paid directly to the government in the name of the winner and become a credit on the taxes the winner owes at the end of the year. Winners getting tax refunds may recover part or all of the withholding as part of their refund). All winning ticket holders must complete the necessary IRS forms in order to receive prize.
  16. Prize winners of non-cash prizes are responsible for all shipping expenses should they request the prize be shipped to them. International shipments may be subject to tariffs.
  17. Only the ticketholder whose name is on a winning ticket may claim the applicable prize. Proper identification including proof of 18 years of age or older and a social security number are required by law to claim any prize. The code on the email confirmation is required to claim prize.
  18. Prize winners of automobiles may choose to forgo their prize and instead accept a cash prize in the amount of 50% of the recommended manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the prize, or 60% of the price at which the prize was made available to MerleFest, whichever is smaller.
  19. The winning list of names will be posted on the MerleFest website and all winning names will be posted after the event.
  20. Winners need not be present to win. Winners will be notified as to how and where to claim their prize, and are responsible for all expenses incurred in picking up their prize.
  21. A check will be mailed to cash prize winners within 45 days of the event. Winners of non-cash prizes shall claim their prizes within thirty (30) days of the Event. If a Winner does not claim his/her prize within thirty (30) days of the Event, the prize shall be forfeited. Some non-cash prizes will be ordered after the winner claims the prize and will be subject to manufacturer’s order times and shipping times.
  22. MerleFest Events Team Members who are Wilkes Community College employees and their immediate families living in the same household are not eligible to purchase MerleFest Mega Raffle tickets and win prizes.
  23. Upon purchase of a ticket, ticketholder agrees to the following terms and conditions:
    • Email confirmation will serve as the purchaser’s raffle ticket. Possession of the email confirmation is not a requirement to win but the code on the email confirmation must be presented to claim a prize.
    • Tickets are not transferable or redeemable for cash (except as set forth above).
    • This ticket is a revocable license.
    • MerleFest reserves the right, without the refund of any portion of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission or to remove from the event any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venue, theses terms and conditions, and all applicable laws.
    • No refunds or exchanges are permitted.
    • The Event is rain or shine; no refunds will be given due to inclement weather.
    • For purposes of promoting the raffle, ticketholders hereby authorize MerleFest to use their name, their photographs, sound and/or videotapes of them, and other media in connection with the raffle without compensation to the ticketholder.
    • Rules may be amended at any time. All revisions will be posted on the MerleFest website.
    • Ticketholders’ contact information will be added to the MerleFest mailing list but will not be shared with others. Ticketholders may unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time.
    • The Event will be recorded.
    • All prizes are awarded to winners on an “AS-IS” and “as available” basis as provided to MerleFest. MerleFest makes no promises, warranties, or representations of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and any such warranties are expressly disclaimed. Once a prize is claimed by the ticketholder, it is the property of the ticketholder and MerleFest is not responsible for its condition, operation or the ticketholder’s satisfaction with it.
    • MerleFest, Wilkes Community College and its employees, agents, contractors, officers, directors and trustees shall NOT be liable in any way for any damages whatsoever, including any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages or loss of profits to any ticketholder, participant or winner resulting from or arising out of the MerleFest Mega Raffle.
  24. The MerleFest Mega Raffle will have 24 prizes. Odds of winning a prize are based on number of tickets sold. The maximum number tickets to be sold is 2,500. Each ticket gives the purchaser two entries for the drawings. The maximum number of entries is 5,000.


Net proceeds from the MerleFest Virtual Mega Raffle 2021 support Wilkes Community College students through the Keys to Success Campaign.

The Keys to Success Campaign, which raises funds annually, supports two scholarships that help students begin or continue their education and recognizes outstanding academic accomplishments.

The Presidential Scholarship and the WCC SAGE Fellows program are available to students who are enrolled full-time at Wilkes Community College.

The Presidential Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship that supports high-achieving students who demonstrate financial need and are committed to earning a Wilkes Community College degree. Students who are selected will receive a $2,000 scholarship per academic year.

The WCC SAGE Fellows is a scholarship program that provides students with academic and financial support. It was established to remove barriers and guide students on a successful path toward graduation and career opportunities. Students who are selected will receive a $2,000 scholarship per academic year.

For additional information regarding these scholarships and other opportunities at Wilkes Community College please visit

Thank You to Our Supporting Partners!

You do not have to be present to win. You must be 18+ to purchase a ticket. Winners will be contacted directly and announced online. Read a full list of rules in the “Contest Rules” tab above.

The raffle drawing will be held virtually on May 11, 2021 from 7-8 p.m.