Fly back to the ’50s at the Old Hotel Saturday

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  • File photo - Othello Rodeo Queen Sarah Wilson displays a painting up for bid by Moses Lake artist Susan Wapole at last year's Old Hotel fundraiser auction. This year's event is Saturday.

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    File photo - Attendees at the fundraiser check out the items up for bid in last year's silent auction. This year's event is Saturday.

  • File photo - Othello Rodeo Queen Sarah Wilson displays a painting up for bid by Moses Lake artist Susan Wapole at last year's Old Hotel fundraiser auction. This year's event is Saturday.

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    File photo - Attendees at the fundraiser check out the items up for bid in last year's silent auction. This year's event is Saturday.

OTHELLO — The Old Hotel Art Gallery is gearing up for its 41st annual buffet dinner and auction, the heritage organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. The auction will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at RDO Equipment, formerly Evergreen Implement, in Othello.

The Old Hotel’s annual auction raises funds for the non-profit to maintain and expand its services and facilities, auctioning off big-ticket items donated by members of the community during a night of fun, food and costumes.

This year’s event is “Fabulous ’50s”-themed, and attendees are encouraged to dress to the nines with beehive hairdos, tailored suits and saddle shoes. Alternatively, casual ’50s fashion such as rolled-up jeans, letterman jackets and poodle skirts are also encouraged. Costume is not required, but a contest will be held to celebrate the best-looking ’50s throwback.

Among the prizes being auctioned off is a package getaway to Suncadia, a two-night stay in the Methow Valley and a Washington State University-themed basket with a bottle of the university’s famous wine, a mascot-decorated lap-blanket and basketball game day tickets. Other items up for auction include tickets to Idaho’s Silverwood Theme Park, a 20-inch John Deere bike, a barbecue dinner and more.

Funds from the auction help the Old Hotel accomplish the four goals of its mission statement, said Jenn Stevenson, including supporting arts and arts education, preserving historical structures, boosting tourism to the region and promoting cooperation between the state’s heritage organizations.

Due to the presence of alcohol at the event, attendees must be over 21 years old and will need photo ID.

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