Medina Lions Club’s chicken barbecue a hot-seller

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 9 August 2020 at 7:34 am

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Tim Fischer, left, and Mike Hoch, both employees of Chiavetta’s, tend the chicken cooking next to the railroad tracks by the Medina Senior Center during the Lions chicken barbecue on Saturday.

MEDINA – Medina Lions Community Yard Sale and Chicken Barbecue have been a tradition in Medina for several years, but because of the pandemic they were unable to have it this year. So when the village announced a Downtown Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, the Lions decided to take advantage of the situation and have a chicken barbecue.

They arranged with the Senior Center to use their building to set up, and Chiavetta’s set up their grills across the tracks.

Jim Punch, a member of Medina Lions, puts a customer’s chicken barbecue order in the back seat of the car. The Lions set up in the Senior Center and customers drove in on one side, had their order delivered to their car and then drove out the other side.

The dinner was a resounding success.

The Lions had originally planned to order 450 halves of chicken, but when they sold 400 presale, they decided they better up their number. They ended up having 620 halves cooked and they sold all but 30.

Tim Fuller and Mike Hoch, who work for Chiavetta’s in Brant, arrived at 6:15 to get ready to cook. They said in spite of the pandemic, they have  been busier than usual. Because a chicken barbecue lends itself very well for takeouts or drive-thru, everyone wants to have a chicken barbecue. Hoch said they are even getting calls for weddings and are so busy they are booked solid.

Jim Hancock, a member of Medina Lions, takes the order for a customer who is in line to pick up his chicken barbecue at the Senior Center in Medina on Saturday.

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