Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Planning Banquet

By The Chronicle
The Chehalis Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its 21st annual banquet and auction on Saturday. Doors will open at 4 p.m.
Held at the Blue Pavilion of the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, the banquet is the primary fundraiser for chapter activities and contributes heavily to the group’s wildlife protection and habitat enhancement work.
The event is billed as a family affair.

Kids’ activities, including games and contests with prizes, begin almost immediately after the doors open at 4 p.m. and continue on through much of the evening. One of the highlights of the evening is a survival camp that will take place during the live auction for all youth in attendance.
Before dinner, which will be catered by Kit Carson, silent auctions, penny raffles, raffles and other fundraisers take place. Prizes include a Savage 114 American Classic Stainless .300 Win. Mag. with soft case for a separate raffle. Tickets for this raffle are $10 and you need not be present to win.
The live auction begins at 7:15 p.m. Wildlife and art displays will be on hand, and all of the auction items are available for inspection before the action begins. Wildlife art includes a bronze by Adna artist Jim Stafford of Wildlife in Bronze, metalwork by Stan Holmes of Artistry in Metal, and torch metal art by Allen Boyce of Steel Images.
Silent auction items include fishing gear, optics, knives, wildlife art, and other outdoor-themed pieces. In the live auction there are two separate Alaska fishing-lodging packages and a private deer hunt (for one youth 15 years or younger accompanied by an adult) on the Agnew Tree Farm.
Other major offerings feature a number of guns, including this year’s banquet edition rifle set of a Browning BLR .270 Win. and Browning BL-22 with double rifle case, a custom fishing rod by North Fork Custom Rods, wildlife prints and more.
Attendance is capped at 350 people.
The Chehalis Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has a number of ticket packages, depending on family participation and other factors. You may get full information and prices — and make your reservation — by calling Ron Nichols at 736-3169 or Sandy Yanish at 740-4302.