Win a Hyside Mini-Max Raft and More!

By Karley O'Connor 4 months ago7 Comments

Congrats to this year’s raft raffle winner, Candice Jensen (ticket # 211). 

Check out the live drawing, and come back next year to try again!

Here’s what you missed:

*sharky not included*

The Western Slope Conservation Center is raffling off a new Hyside Mini-Max Raft complete with Welfelt frame package and Cataract Oars; over $4700 for $20 per ticket or $100 for a book of 6!* All proceeds will fund future efforts to protect and enhance the lands, air, water, and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed. The drawing will be held on August 28, 2020 at 4pm at 204 Poplar Ave, Paonia, CO. Did you miss your chance to buy tickets? Catch us next year and scroll down to see what you’re missing.


Made for the #WesternSlope: “The Mini-Max is the most versatile little boat you can find…..Small enough to pack it in on your Gunnison Gorge trip, yet big enough to fit 4 with comfort and extra gear! Makes a sporty and nimble 2 man fishing rig.” – Hyside

Customized Frame by Welfelt Fabrication in Delta: “The Welfelt custom frame is a revolutionary design in today’s raft world – taking minimal cargo space (fit theentire frame set up in the back of a sedan!), easy to backpack into most rivers, lightweight (14 lbs.!), extremely strong, durable, and totally dependable.” – Welfelt Fabrication

You can lift it over your head, or pack it up & throw it into your sedan. The Welfelt frame even doubles as a table! You can do anything with this thing. I wish staff could enter the drawing… – Karley, WSCC
WATER YOU WADING FOR? LET THE #WesternSlopeFloatYourBoat

Huge thanks to Welfelt Fabrication in Delta for sponsoring the raffle. Be sure to check them out. We’ll see you all on August 28th! In the meantime, reach out to Karley O’Connor with any rafftle-related questions, and tell your friends.


By purchasing a ticket, each purchaser acknowledges having read and agreeing to abide by the Western Slope Conservation Center’s Official Raffle Rules. This raffle is being conducted in accordance with all applicable State and Federal laws. Western Slope Conservation Center’s State of Colorado Raffle License Number is 2020-15872. As per IRS regulations, raffle tickets are NOT tax-deductible.

Raffle Tickets, Period, and Eligibility – Ticketholder need not be present at drawing to win. Tickets purchased in person are 1 for $20, or 6 for $100. Tickets purchased online are 1 for $20.93 or 6 for $103.30 due to online processing fees. 

Ticket shall be sequentially numbered from 1-750 Tickets will not necessarily be sold in sequential order. No more than 750 tickets will be sold. All tickets sales are final and non-refundable unless raffle cancellation occurs. The raffle period shall be from the date the first ticket is sold through 10:00 am, August 28, 2020 or such earlier date as the maximum number tickets are sold.

Each purchaser of a raffle ticket must be at least 18 years old and only one individual’s name may be associated with each ticket. Tickets may not be purchased as gifts for individuals under 18 years of age. Members of the Western Slope Conservation Center’s Board of Directors, Employees (full, part-time, or contract) and their respective current spouses or partners are not eligible to participate in the WSCC Raffle.

The Western Slope Conservation Center reserves the right to reject entry forms submitted with payment that does not constitute “good funds.” Each online ticket purchaser will be sent a receipt via e-mail and a separate email that will identify the purchaser’s unique raffle ticket number(s). The original printed raffle ticket will be retained by the Western Slope Conservation Center and the stub will be entered into the drawing along with the stubs of all other tickets sold. U.S. Postal regulations prohibit the mailing of raffle tickets.

Western Slope Conservation Center will use its best efforts to deliver receipts and ticket numbers to ticket purchasers. Incorrect or Incompleted purchase forms will not be entered into the raffle drawing. To inquire about the status of ticket numbers and receipts, please email or call 970-527-5307. 

Grand Prize – The Western Slope Conservation Center’s Raffle Grand Prize is a Hyside Mini-Max Raft with a Welfelt custom frame, front seat, oarlocks, oar tethers and Cataract Oars – a $4700 value. The Grand Prize winner will be able to collect within 48 hours of the drawing.

Winner will be responsible for insurance, pick up or delivery costs, and/or any other expenses related to the acceptance and use of the prize. The Grand Prize winner is also solely responsible for all income and purchase taxes associated with the prize awarded and will present proof of eligibility and understanding of their tax obligations and proof of age to the Western Slope Conservation Center  The winner will also supply a release confirming the Western Slope Conservation Center’s permission to use the winner’s name, city, state, and likeness in media releases and other publicity.

Drawing – The drawing will take place on August 28, 2020 at 4pm at 204 Poplar Ave, Paonia, CO. A representative of the Western Slope Conservation Center will draw the winning raffle ticket stub at random under the supervision of the Western Slope Conservation Center’s certified Games Manager. The winner does not need to be present to win. The holder of the winning ticket shall be notified via email, telephone, and/or Certified U.S. Mail if necessary, at the address provided by the purchaser. The winning ticket numbers and names of the winners shall also be posted on the Western Slope Conservation Center’s website immediately after the drawing and remain on our website for the remainder of the year. This information may also be publicized in other media.

Anyone who purchases a ticket(s) and participates in the raffle releases the Western Slope Conservation Center, its directors, officers, members, and agents from any and all liability, loss, or claim arising out of any raffle prize. In case of any dispute regarding the conduct of the raffle, the decision of the Western Slope Conservation Center shall be final, with the approval of the Secretary of State and in full compliance with Bingo-Raffle laws.

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  • Jeff Crane says:

    If I win the raft it needs to come with sharky as well!

  • Water wading says:

    Too bad the season is already over. This would’ve been nice to have at the beginning of the season!

    • Karley O'Connor says:

      We can’t promise anything, but we’re fairly certain that the raft will be around for the winner’s use next runoff season and beyond!

  • Robin says:

    I need both sharky and the time to enjoy the river ride.

  • Lyn Howe says:

    I do t see where you can buy the tickets for the raffle. It says scroll down but I cannot find the link. Can you check this out? Thanks

    • Karley O'Connor says:

      Hey Lyn, that has happened to me a couple of times. I find that I just have to wait a second for the boxes to load – you should be seeing it right after the “WATER YOU WADING FOR” heading…

      If waiting doesn’t work, there are a few other options to try:
      – try refreshing the page.
      – try using a different browser (like switching from chrome to firefox or vice versa might help)
      – if you feel comfortable, give me a call during business hours next week at 845-901-9373 and I can take your card info over the phone
      -email me at and we can arrange a time for you to come in and buy in-person tickets to avoid troubleshooting.

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