Sausage a big draw to bazaar

Published 10:05 pm Monday, October 17, 2016

The line will start forming an hour before the event begins at Providence United Methodist Church this weekend, and most of the people in line will be there for one thing — sausage.

The church’s annual fall bazaar is a tradition that dates back more than 40 years, and the men of the church have been selling fresh -made sausage for more than half those years.

“We cut it up, we grind it, we season it and we pack it up,” said Larry Griffin, one of three co-chairs of the event along with Bobbie Cowan and Sue Turner. “There has been many an occasion when we’ve sold out of sausage by mid-morning.”

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The line has usually formed by 8 a.m., Cowan said, but the event doesn’t start until 9.

“We don’t make them wait that long,” she said. Sausage has sold out as early as 10 a.m. in the past. It all depends on the weather.

The men plan to make 700 pounds of sausage this Friday for Saturday’s event. Sausage is $4 a pound and is sold in one-pound or five-pound bags.

There are other draws to the event, too. A country store sells hoop cheese, canned goods, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables and ham by the pound.

A bake sale with homemade treats and sweet potato biscuits will also take place.

An outdoor grill will feature hamburgers, hotdogs, Polish sausage, French fries and funnel cakes. A lunch of homemade beef stew and ham biscuits will also be available for purchase.

A craft shop will include all kinds of handicrafts, and the “outdoor and more” shop will have furniture, glassware, tools and more.

“That is a big drawing card,” Cowan said of the outdoor and more shop.

Face painting for children will also be available, and a country ham cured by member David Bosselman will be raffled.

All proceeds from the event support Providence United Methodist Church.

The event, located at 3109 Providence Road near the intersection with Pruden Boulevard, will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday.