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Church cooks up taste of tradition
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Jean Melton, left, and Daniel Luckett check out homemade jams, jellies and other freshly canned items Saturday during Richmond Hill United Methodist Churchs 60th annual Bar-B-Q, Bazaar and Silent Auction. (Crissie Elrick)

Hundreds of people enjoyed mouth-watering barbecue, potato salad, cinnamon apples and more Saturday when the Richmond Hill United Methodist Church hosted its annual Bar-B-Q, Bazaar and Silent Auction.
The church celebrated 60 years of the barbecue tradition with this year’s event, which was started by the late Billy Spier in 1951. Spier’s wife, Thelma Spier, still attends the event every year, event co-organizer Steven Asplund said.
“It’s an annual thing that just gets bigger and bigger every year,” Asplund said.
Around 240 Boston butts, 180 racks of ribs and more than 300 hams were cooked in preparation for the day, which equates to around 11,000 pounds of meat, according to co-organizers Asplund and Triple Cooper.
Diners could enjoy their meal inside, where tables full of homemade desserts could also be found, or outside while enjoying live entertainment.
Though he expected to sell out of all meat by 4 p.m. Saturday, Asplund said Monday there was a “little bit, not much” leftover.
But any leftovers are put to good use. Event co-organizer Bill McKay said any extras are donated or served to less fortunate South Bryan residents.
“We don’t plan for leftovers, but any we do have is donated to Way Station and our soup kitchen,” McKay said.
Read more in the Nov. 23 edition of the News.

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