WALLOWA — With the exception of 2008 and a few years at the outset before steak joined oysters as a primary food item at the annual occasion that launched in 1990, residents of the City of Wallowa and outlying areas annually have gathered on one day during the winter months to eat oysters and steak.
It’s that time of year again, and from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Wallowa Senior Center, members of the Wallowa Volunteer Fire Department, all 16 of them, and their families will work collectively to sell plate-load after plate-load of all-you-can-eat oysters and all-you-can-eat-steaks. Included on the menu will be French bread, baked beans, salad, and coleslaw.
A popular event held for years in tight quarters in the building located one block south of First Street near Wallowa Food City owned by American Legion Post No. 72 that now hosts the Wallowa Food Bank, the Oyster and Steak Feed died in 2008, only to be revived the following year by the Friends of the Wallowa School Foundation. Saturday will mark the fourth consecutive year that Wallowa’s volunteer firemen have hosted the event.
Wallowa Fire Chief Gary Hulse says 40 gallons of oysters were sold two years ago, 45 gallons last year, and plans are to purchase 50 gallons of oysters for the Saturday’s 2015 event. Hulse says the fresh oysters will be purchased from a site in Ocean Shores, Wash. Steaks, says Hulse, again will be purchased from Wallowa Food City.
In addition to being a fundraising event for Wallowa’s Volunteer Fire Department, scholarship money again will be raised to enhance the future of one or more 2015 WHS graduates.
Priced this year at $30 per plate, it was during the 2014 Oyster and Steak Feed when about $1,800 was raised after expenses.