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Parade of Tables is popular annual fundraiser

TORRINGTON – This weekend, a local women’s organization will host a Mother’s Day-themed event designed to promote sisterhood and benefit local, non-traditional female students.
The sixth annual Torrington P.E.O. Parade of Tables is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, at the Goshen County Fairgrounds Rendezvous Center.
“We got the idea from Wheatland P.E.O.,” Parade of Tables steering committee member Judy Banister said.
“We thought it was so nice and thought it would be a great way to raise money,” fellow committee member Lovie Harpstreith agreed.
The theme of the event is “Hats off to Mothers!” This provides a wide variety of table-decorating options for participants and attendees alike.
“They’re beautiful. They’re just stunning. People are so creative,” Harpstreith said.
“We might have three Christmas tables – we always have a Christmas table – and they aren’t even close to the same, even when they use the same dishes,” Banister said.
Participants, which include P.E.O. women and members of the community, bring dinnerware, flatware, tablecloths and other décor to present a unique, table-sized snapshot of their creativity.
In the past, table themes have ranged from “My Two Grandmas” to “Sunflowers Galore and Prideful Roosters” to “Springtime Wedding”.
“The three chapters (in Torrington P.E.O – the morning AU chapter, afternoon AK chapter and M evening chapter) get together and put this on,” Banister explained. “It involves about … 75 to 100 women.”
“This year, we’re having approximately 35 tables,” Harpstreith said.
Doors open at 10 a.m., and attendees are invited to view the creations, and then sit at the tables and enjoy lunch
and dessert.
“You sit at whichever tables you think are interesting, although friends or family of table decorators may request to sit in specific seats,” Banister said.
The organization limits tickets to between 300 and 325 and often sells out prior to the event.
“Tickets are $18. They are still available, but they are not available at the door,” Banister said.
New this year is a style show featuring downtown Torrington merchants. In addition, The Bread Doctor will stay open later that day to accommodate shoppers following the event.
“It brings women out, you just don’t know the response we have,” Harpstreith said.
“People come from Gering, Scottsbluff, Mitchell (Neb.), Laramie, Wheatland … sometimes Casper,” Banister said. “It brings people into the community and then they shop.”
The Parade of Tables will also feature a raffle and door prizes.
“It’s a fundraiser for scholarships for (non-traditional) women students here at Eastern Wyoming College,” Harpstreith said.
Tickets are available from Harpstreith by calling (307) 532-5869; Nita Gabel at (307) 532-5257 or (307) 575-3129, email: [email protected], address: 2326 East F St., Torrington, WY 82240; or by visiting Farm Girls Boutique or the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce in Torrington.

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