Thursday, September 7, 2023

Chicken Sunday

67th Plymouth Fall Festival weekend events begin tomorrow

Rotary Club members will build the huge barbeque pits
from cement blocks, some dating back to the first
 barbeque 60 years ago, in the parking lot behind
The Gathering. The first of the famous dinners
should be available at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Tomorrow is the big day.

The 67th Plymouth Fall Festival will begin as the traditional booths, entertainment and attractions along with some new features welcome crowds the community.

Attractions include a barbeque spare rib dinner from 3 until 6 p.m. tomorrow in the tent behind E.G. Nicks prepared by the Vietnam Veterans; the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning; spaghetti dinners prepared by the Morning Rotary Club, and the start of it all, the Rotary Chicken Barbeque on Sunday beginning at about 11 a.m.

While the first of 10,000 chicken dinners should be available at 11 a.m., the event begins in the parking lot behind The Gathering Saturday evening. The Rotarians build the huge barbeque pits using cement blocks, some dating back to the first barbeque 60 years ago. The pits are loaded with charcoal and then the club “smoke eaters” light the charcoal. One Rotary member said he will light 2,000 pounds of Kingsford charcoal early Sunday morning and during the day, add another 5,000 pounds which will already be burning when added to the pits.

A Rotary Club mascot chicken made a surprise appearance at the Music in the Park concert last Friday and convinced the assembled crowd to pardon him from the pits. In exchange for the mercy they showed, he offered his dance expertise which may have motivated several audience members to change their minds about their vote to pardon him.

The Plymouth Fall Festival which features carnival rides, live entertainment on the stage in Kellogg Park, booths a Party Tent and an atmosphere of community involvement is unique to the community, explained festival president Andrea Gerber.

“Every booth, every activity at the festival is connected to a civic group and a portion, or all, of the revenue generated during the festival goes back to the club or team or organization. This is a once-a-year event when every civic group joins in a combined fundraising effort,” she said.

Advance tickets for dinners are usually available at the ticket booths on Main Street and are discounted for early purchase.

A complete guide to the events and programs is available at the website with free print editions available at local businesses throughout the community and at multiple festival and ticket booths.