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June 17, 2014

Good cause aim of noodling dunks — A Pauls Valley community organization is hoping to be a part of the big haul for an event that’s made PV noodling central.

That big event is the 15th annual Okie Noodling Tournament set for all day Saturday, June 21 at the local Wacker Park.

Volunteers from the Pauls Valley United Fund will be there in full force with the intent of raising money to help all the local and area organizations it funds.

Their job will be to oversee a dunk tank that allows festival-goers the chance to drop someone into the chilly waters.

At the same time plans are to use the event as a way to better inform the public about the United Fund effort and the more than 30 community groups it helps all over Garvin County.

“I would like to talk to them about who we are, where your money is going,” said board Chairman Angela Portwood.

“They may not know this is where your money stays,” she said. “It stays here.

“United Fund supports Pauls Valley schools and most food banks in the county. Food ministries are a big part of what we do.”

With that in mind United Fund board members are hoping to make a real splash with their part in this year’s noodling festival.

During a recent board meeting Portwood and others made it clear they are looking for volunteers to help, both those to be dunked and others to help out during the day.

“We’re looking for volunteers to agree to go in the booth and be dunked,” Portwood said.

“We need more dunkees. We need to find more people to get dunked and more people to help with the tank.”

It looks like those attending the noodling event on Saturday will get the chance to spend $1 for one throw at the tank and the possible dunking of a volunteer manning the booth.

There are also plans to possibly offer a few package deals for more throws.

The dunk tank is expected to be located on one side of the park’s band shell and be open for maybe 12 hours up through the late evening hours.

Hopes are the dunk tank will have more success than a recent United Fund youth baseball and softball tournament that never happened because too few teams signed up to take part.

Volunteers for the overall noodling tournament are also still sought. Call 405-238-6491 for more.

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