It’s time again for the High Plains Outreach Center’s annual Ethnic Food Fair.

Virginia Lowrey, co-chair for the food fair committee, said this year’s fair will feature approximately 20 different booths offering ethnic delicacies.

She said some of the dishes that will be featured have originated from countries all over the world, including Russia, Japan, Italy and France.

There will also be several items from the various regions throughout the United States, she said.

“We’ll have a wide variety of food to taste,” Lowrey said.

Lowrey’s fellow co-chair, Mary Jane Simmons, said the food is prepared by various businesses and organizations in the Woodward area, such as the Catholic Women and the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to enjoying the food, Lowrey said attendees at this year’s food fair could walk away with one of three autographed sports balls.

Three separate drawings will be held for the balls, which include a University of Oklahoma football signed by Barry Switzer and Bob Stoops, an Oklahoma State University football signed by the OSU players, and an OU basketball signed by Sherri Coale. Lowrey said chances for the two footballs cost $10 each, while chances for the basketball cost $5.

Simmons said the center always tries to hold other events, such as drawings or silent auctions, during the food fair in order to raise a little extra money at the event.

Both Simmons and Lowrey said the food fair promises to be an entertaining evening.

Simmons noted that there will be musical entertainment, including a family band from Arnett.

Lowrey said the event offers a great opportunity for some good fellowship as well as good food.

“It’s a fun evening, it really is,” she said. “Everyone who comes really enjoys it.”

But it is much more than just a fun evening. Lowrey said the food fair is an important fundraiser for the outreach center, which provides temporary food, shelter and services to the homeless in six counties in the Woodward area.

“We need the money,” she said. “It’s very expensive to keep a home like that.”

She noted that this year the food fair committee is hoping to raise at least $6,000 , which would “keep the doors open at the shelter for about a month and a half.”

However, Lowrey said the center serves a valuable purpose as it provides assistance for the homeless, offering them a place to stay while they get back on their feet.

“If they want to help themselves, at least we can give them a boost,” she said.

If you are interested in attending this year’s Ethnic Food Fair, tickets cost $25 and are available by contacting an outreach center board member. Simmons said contact information for those members who are selling tickets will be listed on posters that will soon be placed at several locations throughout the community.

She said people can also purchase tickets at Peek-A-Boo, which is located at 806 Main Street.

The Food Fair will be held from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 in the Pioneer Room.

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