CHINOOK — This Saturday, Oct. 24, is the date for one of south Pacific County’s best-loved annual social events: Oktoberfest at the Chinook School Event Center starting at 5 p.m.

This year another great evening is planned. Joanne Leech, acclaimed chef and board member for Friends of Chinook School, will prepare a delicious dinner. Young people from the community will serve guests as they are entertained by live music. There will be a silent auction of donated items from local businesses and community members. A live auction will bring more valued prizes, such as the sought-after pilot boat ride and a Chinook Winds Casino package. This year, guests will also have opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win a GoPro 4 camera.

Even attendees who choose not to participate in purchasing items will still be able to give to the school restoration project. Golden pledge certificates may be purchased for any amount that supporters wish to contribute.

Chinook’s historic gymnasium has become a favorite venue for the south county community. Since it was dedicated nearly four years ago, it has been in use almost every week. FOCS organizers are pleased with the community’s response and are now working to complete the 1924 school building. Serving as a companion to the event center, the schoolhouse will provide a needed and much desired community center.

These restorations are made possible by state, county and local grants. Most gratifying of all has been the support of area residents. This support comes via memorials, memberships, donations and the big community party, Oktoberfest.

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