Murder and mayhem ensues as someone ends up dead in Deadwood.

The biggest deal in town for quite some time, as a Texas hold ‘em tournament draws in people from near and far. Presented by Agape House, the murder mystery dinner theater fundraiser will leave you dying for more.

Simply Catering is serving up a Wild West meal with a choice of barbecue pork loin or beef tri-tip. The menu also includes red potato salad or broccoli salad, baked beans and rolls. And, don’t forget to leave room for dessert — it’s to die for.

“Murder at the Deadwood Saloon” is Monday, Dec. 31 from 6-9 p.m. at Agape House, 500 Harper Road, Hermiston. Tickets are $35 each.

Although not required, Agape House executive director Dave Hughes encourages people to dust off their Stetson hats, starch their Wrangler jeans and pull on pair of cowboy boots.

“It’s always a lot of fun when everyone gets into it,” Hughes said.

A cast of unsavory characters will leave the audience with lots of questions. As everyone gathers for a party to celebrate the tournament’s success and to award the prize money, someone meets their demise.

With a handful of locals with possible axes to grind, or high stakes gamblers sore about losing, it’s anyone’s guess as far as “who dunnit.”

Hughes said the murder mystery fundraisers are always a lot of fun. And, the Western-themed ones, he said, seem to appeal to a lot of people.

“I enjoy watching the guests interact with the characters,” Hughes said. “It’s so interesting to see how they react — or should I say suspect?”

In addition to providing financial support for Agape House, Hughes said, the fundraiser offers a fun evening for people in the community. Also, he said it’s being held early enough that afterwards people can head to the Hermiston New Year’s Eve Bash, which starts at 9 p.m. on the festival street area.

Eastern Oregon Mission, the parent organization for Agape House and Martha’s House provides assistance to people in need. For more information, to purchase an event ticket or learn ways to support Agape House, call Hughes at 541-567-8774 or 541-571-7293.

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