Farmer’s Feast dinner and dance planned for Sept. 10 in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 August 2022 at 8:41 am

Event will be held on East State Street in front of courthouse

ALBION – An upscale barbecue dinner with a dance and games is planned for Sept. 10 on a closed off section of East State Street in front of the courthouse.

There are 100 tickets available at $50, and 60 have already sold. The tickets are available at the Downtown Browsery and Arnold’s Auto Parts.

The event is presented by the Albion Merchants Association. It will be a new fun activity for Albion, said Linda Smith, one of the organizers.

The committee is limiting the tickets to 100 in the first year and wants to expand in the future, she said.

The committee working on the Farmer’s Feast wants to have the event next year on Main Street while it is closed to traffic because the Main Street lift bridge is being rehabilitated.

For now, the spot in front of the courthouse will make a great venue, Smith said. There is space for long dinner tables, and a dance floor. The food will be served on fine china plates from the First Baptist Church.

The dinner will be catered by Chap’s in Elba with desserts prepared by local bakeries. The event also includes alcohol served by Last Call Cocktail.

There also will be games, including a grape stomping competition to see who can fill a cup the fastest with grape juice. Six people will compete to stomp grapes the fastest to fill a cup with juice.

Another game includes pumpkin bowling, where people will roll pumpkins and try to knock down bowling pins. With B’Apple Ball, players will shoot apples through a  basketball hoop.

Sue Beatty is the organizer of the games and also headed the decorations for the farm-to-table dinner. The vegetables for the meal will come from Rush’s Produce.

Music will be provided by Shannon Vanderlaan of Albion, followed by Mike McCauley of Medina.

Besides Smith and Beatty, the committee for the Farmer’s Feast includes Kim Remley, Aric Albright, Karen Conn, Debbie Prest, Anita Finley, Mayor Angel Javier Jr. and his father, Angel Javier Sr.