Pork and sauerkraut fundraisers on New Year's Day continue 'lucky' traditions

Fayetteville (Pa.) Fire Co., Metal Township Fire & Ambulance and Camp Joy El preserve German legend

December 28, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — For many, pork and sauerkraut is not only tasty, but a must on New Year's Day.

German legend promises that eating pork and sauerkraut on the first day of the year brings good luck all year.

But Fayetteville (Pa.) Fire Co. President Mark Bumbaugh thinks it just tastes delicious.

"I love it. It's a tradition (on New Year's Day)," Bumbaugh said.

Six years ago, the fire company began ringing in the New Year with the traditional meal, which has an unmistakable smell.

Proceeds from the all-you-can-eat pork and sauerkraut meal will benefit the fire company, he said.

Armed with 250 pounds of pork and 25 gallons of sauerkraut, Bumbaugh is prepared to feed an army.

The meal will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire hall for $7 per person.

He said the traditional fare will be served as well as mashed potatoes and an assortment of 10 to 15 homemade pies and cakes.

"Hopefully, it will bring good luck for the New Year," Bumbaugh said. "We appreciate everybody that comes and participates. But we do think ours is the best around."

Meanwhile, at Metal Township Fire & Ambulance, 10862 Path Valley Road in Fannettsburg, Pa., Jean Booze will start cooking the pork today.

The feast will help offset the cost of July's Fannettsburg Fest fireworks. The event benefits the fire company.

It's the first year that the fire company has held the pork and sauerkraut dinner, so Booze said she has no idea how many will attend. But she's hoping for a big crowd.

"It's not just for sauerkraut people, because I know even in my own family you have to have more than just sauerkraut," said Booze, chairwoman of the dinner.

So, there will be pork loin, mashed potatoes, gravy and ham and green beans on the all-you-can eat buffet.

The meal will be held at the fire hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner costs $7.50 for adults — children 12 and younger are free.

"It's just tradition to eat it, and a lot of people like to eat it on the first day of the New Year," Booze said. "Some eat it out of family tradition — others thinking it will give them good luck; and we all can use that."

On New Year's Eve, Camp Joy El at 3741 Joy-El Drive in Greencastle, Pa., will host a dinner for seniors 55 and older from noon to 2 p.m. Reservations are requested for this event.

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