Submitted by Susan Garry:
Choo Choo Fest is a Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) fundraiser. The very first Choo Choo Fest was in 2008 and was held outside, in downtown Coupland, and the funds raised went to restoring the Depot. Then, after skipping a few years, Choo Choo Fest was held again in 2013, this time inside the Old Inn and Dancehall, in partnership with Tim and Barbara Worthy, with the funds raised allowing the CCO to begin restoration of the caboose.
So this 2014 event was the Second Annual Choo Choo Fest. These two Fests that have been held inside the Inn have kept attendees out of the August sun in air-conditioned comfort. Also, serving the meal has been much more convenient inside. Attendees enjoyed the barbecue dinner. For a minimum $10 donation, the dinner included barbecue chicken, pulled pork, beans, cole slaw, potato salad, bread, and iced tea.
This year’s bake sale featured a huge array of homemade desserts, sold whole or by the serving. Also at the bake sale booth, Fundraising Co-Chairs Ruby Wabbel and Judy Downing sold the new Choo Choo Fest T-shirts.
The silent auction was so big, it overflowed its space. During the Fest, people were still bringing in auction items, and some ended up being displayed on the bar. The auction included original artwork, crafts, collectibles, toys, and more.
On the Dancehall stage, volunteer bands provided live music throughout the event, which raised about $6,800!
The CCO thanks all the directors, their families, and other community members who volunteered. And a special big “thank you” to Barbara and Tim Worthy whose generous donation of food, the use of their facility and the help of their staff made Choo Choo Fest 2014 possible.