Project committee members, county 4-H leaders and families have been working hard to prepare for this fundraiser. The evening will start off with a meal consisting of spaghetti and meatballs, bread sticks, a variety of homemade salads and bars, and soft serve ice cream served from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at a cost of $5 per person, with preschoolers free.
A live auction of donated items and services will begin at approximately 7 p.m. Silent auction items will also be available for viewing throughout the evening with winning bidders announced shortly after the conclusion of the live auction.
A dance with DJ John Seel will begin following the auctions.
Some of the items that have been donated for the auctions include a Moped donated by Holzhauer Motors, a boy's vest and girl's fleece jacket from Bits & Pieces, Hannah Montana video and guitar games from Letsche's Bike Shop & Radio Shack, a Pittsburg Steelers cap autographed by Terry Bradshaw, Cherokee Farm Toy Show collectible trucks, a 6-month subscription to the Chronicle Times, a 6-month single membership to the Cherokee Regional Medical Center Wellness Center, a one-year subscription to the Aurelia Star, and even two Flemish rabbits that can be used as 2010 4-H projects.
Gift certificates have been donated by the Little Kitchen at Quimby, Family Table, Gasthaus, Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, Bits & Pieces, Main Street Pharmacy, and Groepper Taxidermy at Kingsley.
Hand-crafted items include a barn quilt made by Al Henn, a saddle rack, saddle bar stool, quilts, greeting cards, peanut brittle and other food items. Many more items will be available that evening as well as some possible "slave labor" by 4-H'ers.
A snow date of Feb. 6 has been scheduled in case of inclement weather. Check the Cherokee County Extension web site at www.extension.iastate.edu/cherokee for weather-related announcements.
The 4-H Facilities Betterment Project's goal is to expand and improve the current livestock facilities at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds due to safety concerns and the large growth in livestock exhibitor numbers and animals. The project will benefit current as well as future 4-H'ers by providing additional safe and superior livestock housing. With the expanded housing facilities, exhibitors in all livestock species will have the opportunity to exhibit their animals for the duration of the County Fair and new classes such as the breeding heifer pen-of-three that debuted in 2009 can be explored not only for cattle, but for the other large and small livestock species as well.
The proposed improvements, which will also include restroom and shower facilities and a kitchen/meeting room area, will provide facilities that can be used for off-season livestock shows, hands-on livestock seminars, 4-H Shooting Sports practice area, and various community and regional events throughout the entire year.
If you are unable to attend the "Barn Dance," and would like to contribute to the project, donations can be sent to "4-H Facilities Betterment Project," P. O. Box 43, Cherokee, IA 51012 or dropped off at the Cherokee County Extension Office at 209 Centennial Drive in Cherokee. Cash and in-kind donors will be recognized at various levels of support and all contributions are tax deductible.
You can also visit their Facebook page for updates to the auction items and to follow our progress. Just log in and search for "Cherokee County 4-H Betterment Project." Questions can also be directed to the Cherokee County Extension Office at 225-6196.