Beef in the Burg fights raindrops, attracts 225 people

Amanda Dywelska holds up some of the food served at Beef in the Burg June 4 in Toddy Jones Park.

Amanda Dywelska holds up some of the food served at Beef in the Burg June 4 in Toddy Jones Park.

Rotary Club member Dan Hunt puts mushrooms on one of the roast beef sandwiches served by volunteers at "Beef in the Burg" June 4.

Rotary Club member Dan Hunt puts mushrooms on one of the roast beef sandwiches served by volunteers at “Beef in the Burg” June 4.

Volunteers were busy in the kitchen despite rain which kept attendance down somewhat this year.

Volunteers were busy in the kitchen despite rain which kept attendance down somewhat this year.

By Ron Giofu

 

Rain dampened Beef in the Burg night but didn’t wash it out entirely.

Rain ranging from a light drizzle to showers fell intermittently during last Wednesday evening’s Amherstburg Rotary Club fundraiser but 225 people attended anyway. Those who came enjoyed roast beef on a bun – with the roast beef being prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 – or a hot dog meal complete with salad and dessert and it was the food that was given partial credit for drawing people out.

“I’m so pleased that so many people came out,” said Carl Gibb, a Rotary Club member who helped co-ordinate the event. “With the weather being so unpredictable, it was really great to see the number of people come out and enjoy the food.”

Gibb admitted that Wednesday afternoon “didn’t look good” and while the Rotary Club did try to have more things for children to do, the weather did cause cancellation of some of the evening’s plans. The bouncy castles and pony rides were called off and the meal itself was served under the pavilion at Toddy Jones Park.

“I think people just enjoyed coming out and having a good supper,” said Gibb.

Since Beef in the Burg was moved to Wednesday night, Gibb said the event has done far better. Beef in the Burg used to be held on Friday evening but surveys conducted by the Rotary Club indicated people preferred getting out in the mid-week.

“The middle of the week works out great for us,” said Gibb.

Rotary Club president Bill Wark was happy with last Wednesday night’s event, particularly since the rain could have made things much worse.

“I think tonight was an overwhelming success especially considering the weather we had,” said Wark.

Wark added his thanks to the volunteers that helped organize and run Beef in the Burg. He pointed out the proceeds will benefit the projects the Rotary Club undertakes in Amherstburg.

“We are forever grateful for our volunteer base because without them, we wouldn’t be able to hold events like this,” said Wark.

This was the first of two food-themed fundraisers the Rotary Club will be hosting in the next month. Ribfest returns to Centennial Park July 4-6. For more information, visit www.amherstburgrotary.com.

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