Hundreds of colorfully costumed people gathered Saturday night at the National Guard Armory for the annual Rotary Club St. Patrick's Day and Mardi Gras-themed Fun Night fundraiser.
The proceeds from the night will be used to support county libraries, schools, and other worthy causes.
Rotary Club Vice President and Fun Night chairperson Leesa Harris said, "This is our main event for the year and the community is always really supportive. Usually, we manage to raise between $14,000 and $18,000."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joe Hoover
A large crowd is on hand for the Elkins Rotary Club’s Fun Night Saturday at the National Guard Armory. The fundraiser usually raises between $14,000 and $18,000 for the Rotary and proceeds are used to support county libraries, schools and other worthy causes.
"It's going to be a really fun evening," Harris said. "We will have a live and silent auction with lots of great items, great food and great company."
The fundraiser offered attendees a delicious array of Cajun and Irish themed foods like Cajun catfish, Irish stew, collard greens, and reuben quesadillas.
There was also host of entertainment, from two silent auctions and prizes to a live magician.
One of the most popular silent auction items was a pair of season tickets to American Mountain Theater. Many people also had their hopes set on winning the $1000 prize, which was probably the night's largest prize.
Attendee Pam Moll, of Elkins, said "I bid on the Mountain Theater tickets, but it would be fine with me if I won the $1000. With that, I would just buy the tickets."
The night's big entertainment, though, was magician was Kevin Lyons of Philippi.
Lyons said that this was his first time performing at the Fun Night event.
"I usually perform more in family settings, like birthday parties," he said. "It will be fun to put on a show for adults."
The annual Fun Night's unique union of Irish and Cajun culture made for a singular atmosphere.
A happy hubbub of conversation and laughter mingled with the sounds of New Orleans brass bands, Cajun jazz, country, and rollicking Irish reels, filling the Armory hall with a sound of its own.