I guess some folks just HAVE to be first. In the case of Lanny Wagner, that means paying roughly 300 times the going rate for a can of beer. And I thought they gouged you at the ballpark!
Lanny wanted to be the first guy to score a beer at the Putnam County Fair in Ottowa, Ohio, an event that has been a dry one since the 1800’s. The organizers thought they might be able to scrape up a few bucks by auctioning off the privilege of cracking open the first beer in the fair’s history, and they were right. In the end, Lanny was the highest bidder, paying $740 for a $2.50 beer. There’s no word if it was his first of the night, but judging by what he paid for it, I’m guessing it wasn’t. 🙂
He also got a snazzy neon sign, which the Lima News says Lanny is going to donate to his hometown American Legion hall in Continental, Ohio.
The proceeds will go to help the struggling fair stay afloat.
HELPFUL READER UPDATE: A fella who claims to be Lanny’s buddy (and why would he lie?) says he was there to witness Lanny’s generosity:
good friend of Lanny Wagner! He was not drinking and he brought to support our community. The Beer was BUDWISER in the new red white and blue can
So there you have it – $740 for a Bud. That’s more than one costs in prison!