Sun, Jan. 19

New twists to annual chamber dinner dance

Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce board members Terry Fabritz and Susie Beach still have $15 tickets for the Chamber’s dinner-dance this Saturday. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce office, intersection of Arizona 260 and 89A or at the door while they last.

For many years the dinner-dance has been held at the American Legion, "but the crowd was becoming too large for the facility," said Executive Director Pete Sesow. With a move this year to the improved Verde Valley Fairgrounds building,,"We can now seat up to 280 and we won’t be cramped for space, " said Sesow.

The Fair Association recently paneled and painted the inside walls of the commercial building giving the metal building a new look and feel. They also purchased round tables, ideal for dinner events. With the touch of western decorations, "We think we’ll have a fun evening in a very nice setting and, at $15, it’s one of the best buys of the year," said new Chamber President, Diane Lovett.

Among this year’s changes, the Chamber’s dinner-dance committee is shuttling the famous steaks or chicken, fresh and hot off the Chuck Wagon Gang’s grill, to the indoor serving line so guests don’t have to go outside to get their steak.

Besides the raffles and silent auction, Lovett said, "We want people to dress up in their best or most creative western hat and maybe win one of two contest prizes."

Tickets may be purchased at the door while they last or in advance at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce office, intersection of Arizona 260 and 89A. The fun begins Saturday at 6 p.m. with drinks and conversation, followed by dinner and awards at 7 p.m. and dancing to the music of Kolarado Koolade from 8-11 p.m.

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