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Foundation dinner offers surprises

Take a chance and win big at annual event

— Bidding on the silent auction items or taking a chance during the live auction offers a lot of surprises and great adventures, claim Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo Foundation Board members.

“This year, the sale of silent auction at the 10th annual event set for 5 p.m. Nov. 16, includes the famous Mears Family homemade jams and jellies and cases of great preserves from Welch’s and Smuckers, too,” Foundation vice president Cathy Mears said.

“There are people who wait all year to bid on our jams,” she said.

“But there is much more to be had,” she said.

The live auction includes a truckload of gravel, plus several $100 gift cards for food and gasoline, plus catered dinners for large groups, she said.

At the 2016 fundraiser, Mears won the bid on a seven-course meal catered by the Guerra Brothers at Dineen Winery in Zillah.

Her family is still raving about the food and the view, from north Zillah slopes, she said.

“It was a wonderful experience for the whole family, she said.

“I understand that meal is again on the live auction block, and I highly recommended bidding on it,” Mears said, adding the master chefs preparing the meal were former Outlook Elementary School students.

Mears said the money raised at the event is put back into the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo grounds at Country Park on Wallace Way.

This past year the foundation finished a bleacher project valued at $150,000, including the time of the many volunteers who helped set up the bleachers.

She said in the coming years, the foundation hopes to improve the sound and lighting systems on the grounds.

The theme of the dinner and auction at Reale Hall, 600 Stover Road, is “90 years of Showin’ and Growin’,” and tickets for the event are still available, Mears said.

“We are hoping to get a solid head count of the people coming to the dinner and auction,” Mears said.

“We hope to have a final head count by Satruday, she said.

Last year, 210 people ate at the banquet, prepared by Country Gentleman of Kennewick.

“He will be cooking again this year,” she said.

“Please call,” she said. “We want to make sure we have enough food for all.”

To reserved tickets call her at 509-882-1898, only to reserve and pay at the door.

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