Elks Lodge celebrates 50 years: 'More fun than you can ever dream'

      SWEET HOME, Ore. -- The Sweet Home Elks Lodge celebrated their 50th anniversary on Saturday, and familiar faces greeted each other with excitement as the festivities got underway.

      The club was dedicated November 23, 1963, and members say it became a huge part of the community over the last half-century.

      Young and old alike reveled in the food and memories shared about the town. Elks Lodge member James Cook said the group was going to dig up a time capsule, however however it appeared to have been swallowed by time.

      "It's a wonderful experience ... after 50 years I've seen a lot and I've done a lot. It was more fun than you can ever dream of doing," said Cook.