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Fair and rodeo foundation chooses caterer for annual dinner/auction

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Foundation for the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo members met last night for a steak dinner. The group discussed the coming fundraising dinner set for Thursday, Nov. 3. Pictured are (clockwise from left) Cathy and Willard Mears, Henry Charvet, Barbara Merz and Carol Bos. Charvet and his wife, Martina, hosted the meeting.

GRANDVIEW - The Foundation for the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo is planning its annual dinner and auction.

Last night the group met and decided upon the caterer for the fundraising event, planned for Thursday, Nov. 3.

Bids were submitted by Country Gentleman, M&M Catering and Guerra's Gourmet Catering.

Prime rib and chicken will be on the dinner menu. Dessert was included on each of the bids, but Country Gentleman was specific, naming cupcakes for dessert.

"It's getting close to time to decide," said Martina Castle-Charvet, stating there wasn't time to consider other catering bids.

Each of the caterers, she said, included servers in the bids.

Country Gentleman was selected because it submitted the low bid and cupcakes, said those gathered, would be appropriate for celebrating the patriarch of the Foundation family, Don Olmstead Sr.

Olmstead's family will be paid a special tribute at the fundraising dinner, said Cathy Mears.

The Olmsteads have been farming in the Grandview area for nearly 100 years.

Olmstead Sr. will celebrate his 94th birthday the day before the dinner.

"The Olmsteads are a prominent family," said Mears.

Barbara Merz said, "They are pioneers."

Country Gentleman, in addition to the cupcakes, will serve prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, salad and a bevy of side dishes to satisfy the palate of those partaking in the event.

The group said a few items have been donated for the auction, as well.

One item of interest is a photographic safari adventure for two. The safari includes six nights accommodation at the Kido Safari Lodge, all meals and a game drive each day at the Zululand Rhino Reserve in Richards Bay, South Africa.

The auction will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 3, and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

"We moved the time to allow those attending the opportunity to attend the Grandview at Prosser football game that night," said Castle-Charvet.

Entertainment at the dinner and auction will be provided by Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth.

Those at last night's meeting discussed this year's fair, as well.

The group was pleased at the popularity of Mazy T Clown. She was sponsored by the foundation. They said the children attending the fair enjoyed the clown so much so that there was hardly time for her to take breaks.

Carol Bos said the children's activities at the fair were also popular. She watched children enjoy a dunk tank, egg toss and straw maze.

Mears said she heard children pleading with parents for an opportunity to enjoy the bounce houses.

"I think old-fashioned fun like that is good for the fair," she said.

The foundation raises funds at the annual dinner and auction to benefit the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo. They have raised funds for the paved pathways, landscaping, lighting and fans in the Beavan building, bleachers, a sound system and flags displayed during the fair.

The Nov. 3 fundraiser will be held at the John McDonald Hall at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Velma Street.

Tickets cost $50, but coupons from the 2011 Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo premium book will be honored.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the fundraiser, call 509-840-0317 or go online at www.yvfair-rodeo.org.

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