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Committee to continue fundraising dinners

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Popcorn Festival of Clay County committee member Nancy Withers readies to serve attendees at one of the organization's dinners last year. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
Sunday will be the first of five scheduled fundraising dinners, "Dinner and a Concert in the Park," for the Popcorn Festival of Clay County.

The dinners will coincide with performances by the Brazil Concert Band and will take place at the Forest Park Pavilion. They are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., and conclude at 7:30 p.m., each evening.

The festival committee has scheduled dinners for Sunday, June 26, July 17, Aug. 7 and Aug. 28.

Sunday's dinner will consist of chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dinner rolls, drinks and dessert.

All dinners will cost $8 for adults and $4 for children 10-under. Popcorn Festival committee members serve those in attendance.

Popcorn Festival of Clay County Vice President Rana Hill said the dinners were a success last year.

"It turned out to be excellent," Hill said. "We did real well in raising money for the festival and that is what our goal is. This is our main (fundraiser)."

"They've really been a big success," Committee President Evelyn Brown added. "The community seems to really enjoy them.

Evelyn Brown
"Our group wants to have fun no matter what is going on. It's a lot of work, but it's a whole lot of fun. We have fun. I think it's good to be out doing something for the festival and to be able to see a lot of people."

Money from the dinners helps keep the festival running, Hill said.

"With the economy being like it is, we never know about donations or sponsorships, so we had to come up with some things that we ourselves were responsible for to make this festival go and make it work," Hill said. "Someone came up with these dinners. The first one was a little slow, but they worked."

The dinner scheduled for June 26 will feature beef manhattans, while the July 17 dinner will feature Italian beef. The featured item for Aug. 7 is Rueben sandwiches, and beef and noodles will be featured Aug. 28. Side items will be available at every dinner.

This year's Popcorn Festival, the ninth, is scheduled to take place Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The carnival will begin Sept. 29, at 5 p.m.

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This is one of the greatest festivals in our community. LOVE IT...Good luck

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