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The Tale of the Elephant Ear Booth... It's Bigger Than You Think!

The legend is that current St. Paul Cathedral parents were at the Labor Day Parade in Yakima with friends in the fall of 1988. As parents were talking, members of the Mormon Church Ward said they were selling their booth. St. Paul Cathedral Catholic School was currently looking for a fundraiser to help supplement tuition at the school. Judy Davis, the St. Paul Cathedral School principal at this time, approved the idea and the booth was sold to St. Paul for $50,000. The rest was history! The elephant ears were originally sold for $2.25 an ear and have continued to be a staple at the Central Washington State Fair every fall.

Since 1988, the booth has seen many changes inside including upgrading to a commercial proofer from the large cabinet using hot water to "proof" the dough. The fryers have also increased in size to accommodate the large amount of sales during the fair. The booth not only provides delicious ears, but thousands of dollars' worth of scholarships to students.

It is time for CTCS to retire the 32-year-old booth in order to usher in a new one. The current parents and students appreciate your donation to help keep the tradition of delicious ears and scholarship support sustainable for many more years to come!

*A special thank you to Jan Ward, the original Elephant Ear Booth Supervisor and Chair, for sharing the history of the booth.

Christ the Teacher is a Catholic grade school serving students in grades pre-k through 8th grade. The school offers a strong educational program focusing on core academics such as science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, mathematics, and Spanish. Christ the Teacher also uses the Catholic Faith to influence young lives through teaching of Christian Values. Teachers and staff inspire and serve students, nurturing their individual talents and skills. Christ the Teacher Catholic School welcomes all students and families throughout the Yakima Valley, representing a variety of social, religious, and economic backgrounds.