If you’ve ever seen the play or the movie “Oklahoma!” you probably know what a box social is. If you’re under 50, you may not have a clue.
Residents of Wallowa County will have an opportunity to experience an old-fashion box social fundraiser 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise. Proceeds will go to the Wallowa County 4-H program.
Traditionally, the ladies would prepare a meal for two and package it in a decorated box or basket; then, the men would bid on the boxed meal without knowledge of its contents or the person who prepared it. Then the meal would be shared between the box chef and the buyer.
The Grange and 4-H leaders decided to modify the traditional format by having men or women prepare the meal, and to have the option of sharing the meal or not. Bidding will be open to all as well.
Box meals should be made for two adults with two or three side dishes. Food items should be packaged to stay at a safe temperature for two and a half hours.
Families feeding more than two will bid on the number of boxes needed. For those people with specific dietary needs, the Grange will have a variety of meal options ready to prepare custom meal requests. A dessert auction will follow the main meal.
Judges will award prizes for the best box decorations –– prettiest, most unique, judge’s favorite, best 4-H theme and best Grange theme. Entertainment is planned during the meal.