A pit barbecue that will be capped with professional Western entertainment will help raise funds on Saturday, Nov. 17, to purchase a birthing bed for the comfort of new mothers at the Garfield Memorial Hospital.

The event is sponsored by the Garfield Memorial Foundation, an organization that had its beginning when the new hospital was built and which has been instrumental in providing hospital equipment that otherwise may not have been available for Garfield County residents.The dinner, featuring both beef and chicken, will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Panguitch LDS Stake Center. It will be a casual affair.

The hospital's administrator, Wayne Ross, said a record number of people is expected to attend. "For a donation of $15 you get the finest dinner as well as entertainment from The Rich Family, Waddie Mitchell and Jimmy Cooper," he said.

Mitchell is a nationally known cowboy poet with wide appeal, the Rich Family is a group of fiddlers who have performed at national fiddle championships, and Cooper is a well-known local Western singer who is extremely popular throughout the area.

Participants will get a chance at a door prize of three days and two nights at the popular Peppermill Resort Hotel in Mesquite, Nev. Tickets will also be sold to win quilts.