Canton church prepares for 60th annual old-fashioned family meal


Men and boys of the Canton United Methodist Church will serve the 60th annual church ground hog supper this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Canton church, located at 304 W. Allen St. Look for this sign on the corner of Allen and Fifth streets.

A 60-year tradition will continue Saturday, Feb. 7, as the men and boys of the Canton United Methodist Church will serve an old fashioned family style meal of sausage, kraut, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, applesauce and homemade pie.

Serving starts at 5 p.m., but the church opens at 4 p.m. for people to enjoy entertainment by Robert and Rochelle Calhoun.

The price for the meal is billed as ?Let your conscience be your guide,? as it has been for the past 60 years.

Funds raised from the event go to the church trustees for emergency or special needs.

The event was started in 1949 by great-grandfathers of some of the current event volunteers.

Shad Marston, current chairman, recalls that when the event started there were a lot more small farmers who raised their own hogs. Several would each donate a hog and the men would start early on the morning of the supper to butcher, cut up and grind the meat for the sausage.

The process begins again next Saturday morning, as the men grind and mix a special recipe for the sausage that has been developed over the past six decades.

Other men start the pressure cookers to cook the sauerkraut and pork.

By late afternoon on Saturday, nearly 100 homemade pies baked by women of the church will have been delivered, ready to top off the family-style meal.


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