Half-chicken dinners a hit at strawberry festival

June 04, 2006|by RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Correspondent

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - It didn't rain Saturday, so naturally, they ran out of chicken.

That was the assessment about 1 p.m. by Dave Burrows, an hour after he and his barbecue crew at the Mercersburg Lions Club Park sold the last of 245 half-chicken dinners they began serving at 10 a.m. at the 15th annual Mercersburg Strawberry Festival, Fun Dog Show and Craft Fair

"We had to turn people away," Burrows said. "We could have sold about 50 more dinners. We usually sell between 200 and 220 halves. Last year, we had 220, and we had trouble getting rid of them. I'll order more next year."

"They kept showing up after we ran out," Ron Keefer said. "So what can you do?"

Burrows guards his secret barbecuing recipe and refused to share it.

The event was a collective enterprise between the Lions Club and its chicken dinners and the Lions' female counterparts, the Buchanan Lioness Club and its strawberry festival and dog show.


The Lions Club uses its part of the proceeds to fund the organization's sight and diabetes charities and to maintain the huge park on the edge of town.

Gail Petry of the Lioness club said that group's proceeds go to Beacon Lodge for the Blind.

The day's events also featured strawberry shortcake and sundaes, hot dogs and ground ox sandwiches, all served by the Lionesses.

A "fun" dog show also made up the day's activities, Petry said.

Pet owners, children and adults entered their dogs into such competitive events as prettiest, best kisser, hot-dog bobbing, cutest tail, best trick and most laid-back, among others, Petry said.

About 30 dogs were entered, she said.

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