I concur with Mark, except that (for an organiser) the best time for the raffle I find is usually before the semi-finals as the table plan is usually calculated down to and including the quarterfinals so a few minutes gap before the semi-finals help to ease the rush to sort out tables, especially if the one sorting it is still involved in playing. Mark's suggestion is probably best (as he says) for the rest of the players for the reasons he gives. My point is the length of time taken on a raffle, not particularly when it is drawn.
You really want as many as possible watching the final and a long time taken over a raffle simply encourages people to leave, as I did last week.
Surely this is the sort of thing that this forum should be discussing properly. Is it so controversial?
No raffle should take up more than quarter of an hour. And to single out Oxford is unfair, raffle times seem to have been on the increase in recent years, as you say, dragging the day out too much.
If there is a plethora of prizes due to an apparent increase in peoples' generosity, then you could hold a Tombola instead and increase the revenue by 50% again. All you need is an unpaid volunteer willing to man the stall for the day.
Just to let you know we will have a rafffle at the Kent Classic. Top prize is likely to be the Ferrari, just like last year. Won by Nigel Senior, we may even have 2 of them this year !! We like to keep the raffle prize numbers down a bit so we can get through quickly, but it is an important source of revenue.
Fantastic win for Mark Turner, still proving what a great player he is despite not playing as many opens as he used to.
Thanks to Ray, Mark and Dave Barnes for their great efforts throughout the day.
Echo the first bit but you obviously forgot ME in the second line up. My format would have kept to schedule perfectly if we had not had one of those 45 minute raffles. Everybody won a prize though, even me!!!!