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Competition is heated at cook-off

September 18, 2005|By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT

When Greg Chider read about the second annual Williamsport Rotary Barbecue Cook-Off/Purple Cow Patty Bingo, he and his wife, Lisa, decided it was the place to be Saturday.

"The food brought us here," Chider said. They said they weren't disappointed.

Lisa Chider said the family's first experience with a barbecue cook-off was in Ohio, and based on their enjoyment there, they have been cook-off fans ever since.

The event was held at Improved Order of Red Men Conococheague Tribe 84. In addition to the food, there was live bluegrass music by Roadside Caf.

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There were children's games, a silent auction and cash drawings. The Purple Cow Patty Bingo competition rounded out the day as cows were released to "find" three winning squares that would earn the owner of those squares between $250 and $1,000.

The winners of the cow patty bingo were Gloria Bitner of Williamsport, who won $1,000; John Hershey of Hagerstown, who won $750; and Deanna Bailey of Falling Waters, W.Va., who won $250.

Williamsport Rotary President Bonnie Errico said the purpose of the event is to have fun while raising money and awareness for Rotary's projects both in the community and for Rotary International.

"I've been in this club for about 1 1/2 years," Errico said. "We care for several families, providing them with food and clothing. We are also in the third year of a five-year project putting playground equipment in Byron Memorial Park."

Club member Gary Finster said the weather Saturday was much better than last year, when the club held the event in October and the weather turned cold and rainy.

Dr. Richard Young was the organizing president of the Williamsport Rotary Club in 1984. Still active in the club, Young was helping out at Saturday's event.

"We have about 18 members in our club," Errico said, who stressed that attracting younger members is vital to keeping the club going strong.

One of those younger members is Shannon Naylor, Just 33, she joined Rotary about 10 months ago after being invited to a meeting.

"I knew I wanted to be a part of this club," Naylor said. "It's wonderful - they get involved."

She lives in Hancock, but is employed at Homewood at Williamsport.

"The best way to grow is to be your own billboard," Errico said. "Our actions speak."

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