AUBURN, Mass. – Tickets to the Wachusett Apple and BBQ Festivals will be yours if you donate blood at the Auburn Knights of Columbus on Monday afternoon.
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Auburn Knights of Columbus at 49 Central St.
Every donor receives a free pair of Wachusett Apple and BBQ Festival tickets.
AppleFest will take place at Wachusett Mountain on Oct. 20 to 21. AppleFest features more than 75 craft fair and farmers market booths, family entertainment, chainsaw carving demonstrations, scenic foliage skyrides to the summit, mountainside barbecue, pony and hay rides, clowns, the climbing wall and jugglers and magicians for the kids. There will also be an apple pie contest and a giant pumpkin weigh-off.
Then the Great New England BBQFest will take place at Wachusett Mountain on Oct. 27 to 28. It includes the area’s best BBQ vendors and other highlights include OysterFest, now featuring oysters on the half shell, clam chowder and shrimp, along with a daily oyster shucking competition. The people’s choice awards will feature chili on Saturday and pulled pork on Sunday.
Also, there will be music all weekend, including Heavy Horses and Brian Richard on Saturday, along with the Evan Goodrow Band on Sunday.
The prize packs are nontransferable and not redeemable for cash.
According to the Red Cross website, one blood donation can help save up to three lives.
They are accepting two types of donations Monday — blood donations and double red cell donations.
Blood donors must be at least 17, weigh 110 pounds, be in good health on the day of the donation and have no history of exposure to hepatitis or HIV/AIDS. There are other health requirements.
Also, the individual’s last donation has to be more than eight weeks, or 56 days, ago, and they must have a valid identification, such as a driver’s license, blood donor card or passport.
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.