Great Ball Race

Sunday, September 27, 2020
The Great Ball Race Raffle – COVID Edition
Grand Prize $1000

We have a winner!  The fastest ball was #119.

You can watch the video on our Facebook page:

Follow up  — We spoke to Baxter & Woodman, the owner of ball #119. They were excited to have won the race. AND they were just as excited to donate the proceeds back to Downtown Crystal Lake!

Baxter & Woodman acknowledges all the hard work that goes into making and keeping our downtown great. They specifically mentioned how they look forward to the time when we can safely bring back our great family-friendly events and activities such as the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

Downtown Crystal Lake is overwhelmed with Baxter & Woodman’s generosity and support of our mission which is, “To preserve and enhance the Historic Downtown District as the heart of Crystal Lake and provide for a successful business and residential environment that communicates a sense of community pride, heritage, and small town wholesomeness as a lasting legacy for future generations.”

Thank you, Baxter & Woodman!



2020 Race Information
Like everything this year, The Great Ball Race needs to adapt for safety of all spectators and volunteers.  The race will be held and videotaped so everyone can watch safely from their home.

The Great Ball Race is a fundraiser for Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charity.  Proceeds will be used to help enhance and promote our historic downtown district.

Race will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020 on Brink Street, Downtown Crystal Lake.

Maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold.  This gives everyone a better chance at winning the $1,000 grand prize!

Here’s how the Great Ball Race works:

  • Purchase a numbered raffle ticket. Each ticket is $10.  Brightly colored plastic balls will be numbered to correspond with the numbers on the raffle tickets.
  • These balls will then be released and “rolled” down Brink Street with the fastest ball winning $1,000 for its owner.
  • Winner will be contacted following the race.

New this year!  Double your love for a non-profit.  Ticket holders and sponsors will be able to designate a favorite 501(c)3 charity (ex. CL Food Pantry, Senior Care Volunteer Network, Dole Mansion, CL Historical Society, etc.).  If one of your balls wins, we’ll donate the $1,000 Grand Prize to that charity.

Show your community pride by sponsoring this great event!  Click here for a sponsor packet: GBR Sponsor Packet – 2020

Special thanks to this year’s Great Ball Race Major Event Sponsor — Home State Bank!

























Accumation, Inc.
Area 51 Tattoos
Countryside Flowershop & Nursery
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust
Dobbe Marketing

Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub
Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin


Akasha Yoga
The Clothes Gallery
Crystal Lake Brewing
Crystal Lake Park District
The Green Read
Kitchen Outfitters

Show your community pride by sponsoring this great event!  Click here for a sponsor packet: GBR Sponsor Packet – 2020

Thanks to Alphagraphics for printing the raffle tickets.
Thanks to Countryside Flowershop for their help with the race setup.

Looking back at the fun of previous years.
If a picture is worth a thousand words — how much is a video worth?

View photos from past events: