Possibly one of the longest-running fundraiser events in the area, the 73rd Annual Dawson Springs Barbecue will kick off Friday with food, a street fair, music, and more.
Kathy Nichols with Dawson Springs Community Center Board tells the News Edge the annual barbecue was originally started 73-years ago to raise funds to build the center and has continued to be a major fundraiser.
click to download audioWhen the fundraising event first started, Nichols says the Dawson Springs Rotary Club cooked the barbeque but as those members aged the Knights of Columbus took over cooking the meat, with that process starting Thursday morning.
click to download audioOn Friday, she says they will sell the barbecue by the pound and serve plates and sandwiches at the Community Center from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., or until they run out.
She says the number of those eating inside the Community Center will be limited and the tables will be socially distanced due to rising COVID-19 cases. However, she adds they will also have a drive-thru for those who want to pick up their order.
click to download audioNichols also hopes people understand they had to raise the prices for the barbeque this year due to rising meat costs.
click to download audioShe says the street fair is 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in downtown Dawson Springs with 25 vendors, along with music and a raffle.
click to download audioThe event continues Saturday morning with a 5K run, golf tournament, and car show.
click to download audioAccording to officials, they also need lots of volunteers to help pull meat at the Community Center, located at 108 West Keigan Street, beginning at 6:00 Friday morning in order for the barbeque to be ready to serve at lunch. They do ask that all volunteers (even those who are vaccinated) wear masks while preparing and serving the meals.
For more information, visit the 73rd Annual Dawson Springs Barbecue Facebook page.