1,200 chicken barbecue dinners sell out at Extension

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 July 2020 at 10:10 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – Gary Roberts of Medina helps cook some of the chicken halves in the pits at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds today. Roberts has been volunteering with the dinner for about 35 years.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County put on their annual chicken barbecue today even though the 4-H Fair was cancelled this week because of concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tickets were only available by presale or online and all 1,200 sold before the dinner started at 4 p.m.

Mitzi Peglow carries a tray of cherry desserts. Kelly Dudley, left, helped in the kitchen at the Trolley Building. There were about 25 volunteers helping with the meals.

It took 50 dozen ears of corn, at half an ear per meal, to fill all of the takeout containers.

The crew inside the kitchen at the Trolley Building passed for a brief photo.

Mason Roberts spreads the Cornell Barbecue Sauce on the chicken halves. He has been helping with the dinner the past 12 years. He used to show llamas at the fair when he was in 4-H.

There were long lines of vehicles that waited about an hour for their dinners. The meals were takeout only.

The dinner was sold out. Some people who showed up wanting a dinner were disappointed all the pre-sale tickets were gone.

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