Wallowa County 4-H Leaders Association supporters were busy in their kitchens in advance of a lunch box social Feb. 24 at Cloverleaf Hall.
When the tables were cleared, 30 boxed lunches and 36 desserts had been sold.
Auctioneer Randall Eschler of Joseph kept the energy high and bid on some goodies for himself. Around $2,435 was collected to help 4-H leaders finance travel and other expenses related to supporting their 4-H groups
Top bids for lunch boxes went up to $55 per box. Wallowa County has a sweet tooth, too, and the top bids on desserts topped $65 — for pretty much anything with huckleberries in it.
Awards were given for the best decorated boxes with the Rusty Spurs 4-H Club winning for best 4-H theme with a box that looked like a horse; and Cammie Hale winning for the funniest box that looked like a dinosaur.
Rusty Spurs Club took another award for the most creative box in the shape of a John Deere Tractor; Crazy H Club won for an open basket decorated with real flowers as prettiest; and Judges Choice went to a Rooster Box decorated with paper feathers made by Curt and Heather Melville.
Hurricane Creek Grange produced the event in answer to a state Grange challenge to do a fundraiser for a local organization.
The event ran more like a picnic than a traditional lunch box social where a fella buys a box made by a gal and they share lunch. At the 4-H event, bidders at tables purchased multiple boxes and spread a feast for family and friends.