CHINOOK — Chinook’s Oktoberfest No. 13 is planned for this Saturday, Oct. 21. A main fund raiser for the Friends of Chinook School, this Oktoberfest will feature a treat beloved by school alumni — longtime cook Ernestine “Ernie” Litschke’s special pumpkin dessert. (Ernie’s husband Bill was the school’s custodian, keeping the facility in a condition that allowed its complete restoration over the past several years.)

“We want everyone to be as excited as we are about this year’s celebration,” FOCS board members said. “We are the first to be using both the event center and the community building since we are so pleased and proud of the renovation. If you were unable to attend the dedication in May, this will be your opportunity to see how well the two venues can work together. Big events now have adequate space available while small groups may be more comfortable in renting a room.”

In addition to serving Ernie’s recipe, plans this year include the silent auction and a bar in the community building. Don Nesbitt, well-known Ilwaco artist, will take orders to draw caricatures of attendees or their loved one (bring a photo for him to base it on) as a great souvenir or even a gift for Christmas. In the event center, attendees will purchase tickets and sign up for a paddle number to use for auction bids.

Joanne Leech and her crew, as usual, are planning a great buffet with assistance in table service and busing given by local youngsters. There will also be a bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks.

The “Beach Buddies,” FOCS’s favorite swing band, will be entertaining during the evening and this year, should you so choose, there will be room to dance.

“We are planning to raffle a stand-up paddleboard and we are bringing back the popular wine raffle of several years ago,” organizer Loma Billups said. To participate, you must bring a bottle of wine. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at $10 per ticket or three tickets for $25. The winner gets all the bottles — “a great way to stock your wine cabinet!” Participants will use their auction paddles again for the live auction called by Cliff Fox, who has donated his time and talent for years to support our project. The live auction will take begin at 7:30 p.m., while the band takes their dinner break.

“Do not miss this event! A party with your neighbors and with friends and families from out of town. A party with grade school alums and community supporters. Come and celebrate. We look forward to seeing you,” FOCS said.

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