Suzie O’Brien, left, Wendy Plainer and Lorie McDonald sample the strawberry lemonade margarita at last year’s annual Susanville Soroptimist Margarita Fest. This year, attendees will be able to sample various margaritas Friday, May 11.

Fest offers new flavors, nachos, limbo contest

Lassen County District Attorney Stacey Montgomery samples the melon margarita at last year’s annual Margarita Fest. File photos

With the flavors tested and the nacho bar ready to go, the Soroptimist of Susanville Club is ready for it’s annual Margarita Fest.

Set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11 at Jensen Hall, the fundraiser event is bringing back some tried and true favorites as well as some new features.

“It’s fun. We put the fun in fundraiser,” said Susanville Soroptimist board member and chair for the event Kerri Cobb, adding the event is so fun even Soroptimist members do not get tired putting it on every year.

According to Cobb, this year’s Margarita Fest will feature 12 different margarita flavors, an all you can eat nacho bar, the salsa contest and a new How Low Can You Go U.S. Bank Limbo Contest, with the winner receiving $100.

Attendees will also get to enjoy the musical talents of the band Timeless and may enter to win some raffles, the prizes of which include a spa weekend at the Atlantis Resort, a piece from Krumm’s Kreations and two guns.

This year, the new flavors added to the smorgasbord of tequila cocktails include blended peach, fresh ginger and lovely lavender.
According to Cobb, the new flavors were all tested and approved by the local Soroptimist members prior to selection.

The ticket to the event covers entry, one margarita or beer and access to the all you can eat nacho bar. However, should attendees wish to sample all margarita flavors, a sample card may be purchased at the event so they may try the various flavors before getting their full size drink.

While Margarita Fest is a fun yearly event, it was an initial goal of Cobb’s to have one thing to fund the local organizations budget so it could focus more on service — and it’s getting close.

Cobb said last year’s fest brought in about $10,000, and funds 75 percent of Soroptimist’s activities, ranging from $6,000 in scholarships and awards, self esteem programs and helping students throughout the community, whether it be helping fund students to go to a FBLA competition or the inaugural career fair recently held at Herlong High School.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase at Margie’s Book Nook in Susanville, and Cobb urges attendees to get them quickly as events have sold out in the past.