By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The Oklahoma County 4H Club will hold its annual Chili Supper and Auction fundraiser on Saturday, November 19. The event will take place at the OSU Extension Conference Center, 2500 NE 63rd Street, in Oklahoma City.
According to organizers, some of the best homemade chili around will be served, complete with the fixings from 6 to 8 p.m.
Members of 4-H Clubs across the county will be cooking up their own favorite chili recipes to compete against other local 4-H Clubs,
From 6 – 7 p.m. participants will get to sample each club’s recipe and vote for the “Best Tasting Chili”. Suggested donation is $5, children under three eat for free. Water will be provided and sodas will be available for purchase.
The winning club will receive a monetary donation to their 4-H Club.
After the tasting session, participants can fill-up on their favorite chili selection.
The event is open to the public and donations for the meal are accepted. Also, starting at 6 p.m. will be the silent auction, which will conclude at 7 p.m.
In addition, at 7:30 p.m. there will be a live auction for a few larger items. Tickets for the auction can be purchased at the door.
Another great treat will be dessert items made by 4-H members at the Sweet Shoppe area.
“This is one of the very few events where the entire family can come, eat a great meal, and have a wonderful time,” said Danielle Venable, Oklahoma County 4-H Youth Educator.
Items will be offered during the silent and live auctions along with goods available on the Cash n Carry table. Visitors can also try their luck in the 50/50 Drawing for cash prizes
Participants can plan on joining 4H members for an evening of great food and fun to support youth and 4-H educational programs. All proceeds for the night will go to benefit the Oklahoma County 4-H programs.
Last year, 4-H members in Oklahoma County donated more than 30,000 hours working in their communities. Some of their projects were H.U.G.S. (Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks), National Youth Science Day, Lego Robotics, Shop with a Cop, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) Day.
“Our Chili Supper fundraiser goes to support the wonderful work our 4-H clubs do all over the county,” Venable explained. “In addition to allowing us to offer scholarships to our 4-H members to continue their education, we also use the proceeds to help us with school enrichment projects and other 4-H projects.
Oklahoma County has twenty-two 4-H clubs that meet across the county.
“Our 4-H clubs can offer something valuable to every kid in the county,” Venable said.
For more information about the 4-H chili cook-off and/or 4-H clubs in Oklahoma County contact Debbie Venable or Kacie Jasper at the OSU Extension Center, 405-713-1125 or visit the Oklahoma County website.