EDNEYVILLE — Boy Scouts with Edneyville Troop 605 loaded the troop's trailer with water, serving tables, signs and Easy-Ups Monday night as they prepared for the troop's 15th annual barbecue fundraiser.
The troop usually serves from 700 to 1,000 plates at the event at the Bub Hyder Ranch on Rhodes Road off Old Clear Creek Road, a western town replica that includes a saloon, a town hall, chapel and large barn.
The barbecue is Troop 605's biggest fundraiser. The only other one, aside from donations by former Scouts and supporters in the Edneyville community, is popcorn sales in the fall under the auspices of the Daniel Boone Council.
The menu is pork shoulder barbecue or barbecue chicken leg quarters, baked beans, slaw, baked potatoes and rolls, with iced tea, coffee, water, lemonade and soft drinks. Tables set up in the barn becoming groaning boards laden with homemade desserts including cookies, brownies, cakes and pies.
The barbecue starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
Don Henderson, a troop leader, said there really is no way to predict the best time to come. "Once it starts it usually stays busy all the way to 6 or 6:30," he said. "If you wait till 7 you always take a chance that we might run out of something. We've never run out of meat. I think we ran out of baked beans one year."
Bluegrass and old-time gospel bands scheduled to perform in the barn are Day Dawn, Mountain Singers, Pickin'N'Poundin', Reflection of Grace and Canoe Grass.
A major sponsor is Bub Hyder, owner of B&A Hyder Trucking Co. and Puncheon Camp Creek Farm and a Troop 605 Eagle Scout. The troop is sponsored by the Edneyville Grange.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $11 at the door; children 6-12, $5 and $6; children 5 and under eat free. Tickets are available from Troop 605 Boy Scouts and Scout leaders.
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