From Goose Race to Ribs Contest, Accountants Keep it Honest

Burkett & Beattie, Inc., an accounting firm in Libertyville, Illinois, will be deciding the winner of the Goose Dropping event at the Goose is Loose Festival sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club at the Libertyville Sports complex on August 26th, pioneerlocal.com reports.


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“Here is how it works,” said Howard Jaffe, treasurer, “Raffle entries are recorded on 3,000 toy geese attached to parachutes. A crane will drop the geese from a distance of 100 feet from the ground. The parachutes will open up and the geese will float down. The winning goose will be determined by the shortest distance between the designated target on the ground and any part of the goose to that target. That’s why we call it 'goose droppings.'"

Raffle tickets cost $50 each, with half the money going to local charities and the other half going to the winners, pioneerlocal.com reports. The event will also feature a candy goose egg hunt and fireworks.

In Bay City, Michigan, Webster, Looby and Baumgarten, P.C., accountants, monitored the selection of a winner in the celebrity rib-cookoff at the annual Labadie Pig Gig last weekend. Allegations of ballot stuffing had marked previous contests, according to the Bay City Times. The firm counted votes with the help of Mark Torregrossa, a meteorologist for NBC and winner of the people’s choice award for best sauce.

Bob Martin, publisher of Review Magazine, won the judged competition for best sauce.

The firm set up a booth where rib tasters could cast one ballot at a time. In previous contests, the chefs collected their own ballots.

“The voting process has always been skeptical and we decided we’d all clean up our act and hire a CPA,” Torregrossa said, the Times reports.

“We have ethics," Bob Looby, a partner in Webster, Looby and Baumgarten, told the Times. “On a cooking contest, I’m not going to cook the books.” Other accountants from the firm admitted that people could vote more than once but said there would be no ballot stuffing.

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