This is the 40th year for Greenbank United Church’s Beef Barbecue, which will be held Friday, July 31, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Greenbank Church and Ianson Park (Hwy. 12 and Cragg Rd, Greenbank).
In 1976, the church Board of Stewards started this event as a fundraiser and fed 500 to 600 people, which soon became 1,000 - plus children - in the intervening years.
It is a rewarding to have so may volunteers, from teens to those in their 80s, as well as newcomers to the community come forth and help. Work starts on the Wednesday before the event, with the “spit” and shelter set up, then Thursday it’s down to scrubbing and wrapping 1,100 potatoes that will go into 12 ovens for baking on Friday. Twelve hips of beef (a Herrington’s specialty), are wrapped for cooking, and on Friday tents and tables are set up, and the donated pies and yummy desserts arrive at the church. Buns donated by Greenbank Chicken Coop Bakery are part of the menu, along with coleslaw, baked beans and condiments, teas, coffee, cold drinks. The final clean up happens Saturday morning.
Entertainment is ongoing during the mealtimes, with Irwin Smith and his music entertaining this year. Bring your own chair to linger and listen or socialize.
Tickets are only sold in advance, and are available by calling Rodd Foster at 905-985-8298 or Lianne Pelletier at 905-985-3745, or any church member.
The cost remains the same despite the recent food price increases- adults $20, children 6 to 12 are $5, and the under 6 crowd is free. Take-outs are available with ticket.
If you haven’t attended before, come and join the 1,000 plus on this 40th year!
On behalf of the Greenbank Board of Stewards,
Mary Jean Till