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Eclipse oyster roast planned

The Eclipse community is set for another afternoon of delicious seafood in the sun this Saturday.

The Crittenden, Eclipse and Hobson Ruritan Club will host its 14th annual oyster roast from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the C.E.H. Ruritan Hall on Eclipse Drive.

More than 600 people typically come for as many oysters as they can eat, with about 100 bushels prepared last year, according to member and event co-chair Jason Gould.

“It’s one of our most labor-intensive events, but we have a lot of fun doing it,” Gould said.

Attendants will enjoy wheelbarrows of roasted oysters, along with the club’s signature clam chowder. The chowder is a recipe of member Jimmy Smith that dates back to the 1950s and is always a crowd pleaser, Gould said.

“There’s usually a pretty long line for jimmy’s chowder, and it’s gone pretty much within the first hour and a half,” he said.

Beer trucks will provide refreshments to go with non-alcoholic favorites like tea and lemonade. Local band “Bad Dads” will perform, and a local woman will donate a wild quilt to the raffle to go with the kayak, concert tickets and other prizes available. Proceeds from the raffle will support the Mended Little Hearts nonprofit organization.

Proceeds from the event will support the club’s Fourth of July fireworks, efforts to feed needy families around Thanksgiving and Christmas and funding of maintenance for the hall, Gould said.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event, with beer included in the ticket price. Call 803-8487 for more information.