Ann Tindall said there was a time when Harvest Day at St. John United Methodist Church meant digging a pit out back and and cooking a hog.
The method of putting together the church fundraiser has changed somewhat in seven decades, but Tindall said the fun and fellowship have not.
This year’s Harvest Day will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the church grounds.
“The event is great because it raises money for the church and that helps with our mission work,” Tindall said. “The fellowship is also fantastic. We laugh and joke and have fun doing hard work.”
Tindall and about 20 other volunteers were at the church on Tuesday to cook and peel mounds of sweet potatoes to include in the $7 plates of either chicken salad or barbecue.
The group began cooking the potatoes around 7 a.m. Tuesday and worked until the mid-afternoon.
The cooks will regroup tonight to make the homemade chicken salad. Last year, the church prepared about 450 pounds of barbecue and 200 pounds of chicken salad.
Harvest Day began in 1934 as a way of paying for repairs to the parsonage, said Jane Hinson, chairperson for the event. Proceeds now help pay for the church building fund.
Hinson said the event was called Harvest Day since it was the time of harvest, and bales of cotton and other goods were sold along with the food. Baked goods and crafts will also be sold on Thursday.
“Former church members and families come back and spend the day helping,” Hinson said. “We also have ladies from other churches that come … so it is really a time of camaraderie and good fellowship.”
St. John United Methodist Church is on NC 79 near Gibson. For advance tickets, call Rodney Parker at 268-4220.
Here is a list of other fall church fundraisers:
— Partners in Ministry will host “Fall Festival” on Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the old East Laurinburg School. Activities will include: Face painting, hay stack find, candy corn count, mystery box game, pumpkin bean bag toss, a bake sale and more. Food will include candy apples, corn dogs, popcorn, snacks and drinks.
— Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church will hold its annual ingathering on Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Barbecue pork and chicken as well as chicken salad will be sold in $7 plates. Crafts, cakes and “fancy goods” will be available.
Springfield Church of God will hold its Fall Extravaganza on Nov. 3. That event will include food, games, pumpkin painting rides, a yard sale and a quilt raffle. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church at 10101 Gibson Road in Laurel Hill.
— Also on Nov. 3, the Lutheran Church of the Living Word will hold its 16th annual holiday bazaar from 8 a.m. until noon. There will be crafts, a bake sale, hot dogs and a raffle. Items to be raffled include a bed coverlet and a wine and cheese basket. Tickets are $1. The drawing will be at noon on the day of the bazaar. Proceeds go to missions in the community.