The Kids & Family (and Pets) ‘Basket’ is on display at the Town Crier.Photo by Halie Wilson
The Kids & Family (and Pets) ‘Basket’ is on display at the Town Crier. Photo by Halie Wilson

Soroptimist International of Idyllwild holds its annual Basket Festival and spaghetti Dinner at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Buckhorn Camp on Highway 243.

Themed and wildly decorated baskets containing nearly $8,000 in gifts and certificates go to those with winning tickets, according to Karen Doshier, Soroptimist spokesperson.

“Each year we go out into the community to acquire gifts from local residents and businesses. This year we have so many valuable gifts, including cords of wood, a $200 gift certificate to Fairway Market, a piece of amazing art from metal sculptor Dore Capitani, a time share in Hawaii and four tickets to Disneyland worth over $400,” said Doshier.

Dinner, including meat and vegetarian spaghetti, salad and ice cream is free to all attendees. One does not have to be present at the event to win, but Doshier stressed the event is a fun old-fashioned social time.

Baskets are on display at the event and at locations in town. Patron can put their tickets into containers for the particular baskets they most desire.

As an organization, Soroptomists are committed to stopping human trafficking that affects an alarming number of young people in Riverside County and other issues affecting women in the greater Idyllwild community.