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Church food tradition continues Monday


What started out as an ice cream social years ago turned into a full food stand hosted by the Chenoa United Methodist Church each Fourth of July.


Church members will once again be serving tasty food on Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Division Street across from the park. In addition to delicious homemade pie, the church will serve pork chop sandwiches cooked by Marion Shier.


“That seems to draw a lot of people,” admits church member Amy VanVleet.


Hot dogs are available for the kids and they will have box lunches which include chips, water and dessert.


When it all started back in the 1970s, no one was selling pie or ice cream, according to VanVleet and the food ideas started to snowball from there as they sold out each year.


“We’ve kind of gone away from having the homemade ice cream just because of the constraints from the health department,” added VanVleet.


At one point, the church even served lemonade shake-ups but is now focusing on the items which seem to sell the best. A special barbeque recipe from the past may just come back one of these years.


“Usually, we get quite a few people from our church to help out.”


You better arrive early if you plan to eat at the stand as the church typically sells out of pie. They have seven different varieties this year.


If you are craving pork chops and pie prior to the Fourth, stop by the July 3 street dance Sunday evening in downtown Chenoa as pork chops and hot dogs, sponsored by the Chenoa Fourth of July Association, will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. The Chenoa Women’s Club sponsors the ice cream social from 5 to 8 p.m.


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