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Locals to compete for new car in ‘hands-on’ marathon fundraiser

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People will get the chance to compete against one another to win a 2018 Ford Fiesta while cheered on by their supporters and raising money for Ronald McDonald House of New Mexico.

The “No Siesta For the Fiesta” is a hands-on marathon by the McDonald’s Restaurant at 720 North Main Street (the UFO McDonald’s) and Roswell Ford meant to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, said Nicholas Snowberger, owner and operator of the participating McDonald’s restaurant.

Ronald McDonald House of New Mexico provides lodging to the families of children undergoing treatment for illnesses, according to the organization’s website.

Snowberger said 30 people will compete for the chance to win the car and its title by keeping a part of their body on or against the vehicle from noon Saturday, Aug. 18 until either someone wins or noon Sunday, Aug. 19.

The competition will take place in the parking lot at the McDonald’s.

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A contestant will be disqualified if at any time they lose physical contact with the exterior of the vehicle, he said.

Each participant will be allowed to have one pillow, one blanket and toiletries on them during the competition. All other items are prohibited, Snowberger said.

“No cellphones, no iPhones, no magazines, no cigarettes,” he said.

He added that each person will be allotted one 10-minute restroom break every three hours, Snowberger said.

Spectators will also be able to play a part. Snowberger said the event will be live-streamed at https://nosiestaforthefiesta.org/. All contestants will have a small profile on the website, where viewers can pay to buy “perks” for their favorite contestants.

All money from the perks will go to the Ronald McDonald House, Snowberger said.

According to the website perks range from a $5 ice pack and a $10 poncho to $95 for a cot to $100 for a 30-minute massage from an on-site masseuse.

People who are interested in taking part can show up at Roswell Ford between 10 a.m. and noon, when the 30 names will be drawn to take part in the contest, Snowberger said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.