Kiwanis club gets grilling at chicken barbecue

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By Marty Deskovich
Holt Journal staff writer

This past Friday the Kiwanis (key-wan-is) club of Holt held a chicken barbecue at The First Presbyterian Church of Holt.

“We used to have to cook our own chicken,” Les Turner said a 50-year member of the club. Now the club has a company bring the chicken and cook them for the event.

“This is our biggest event of the year,” Eric Grasse the President-elect of the club said.

“About two-thirds of our business is through the drive-thru,” Grasse said, “Including Judge Alan a circuit judge.”

The average number for attendance for the past years is around 1,000 but this year the club expects about 750. There thinking is it is probably due to the economy.

“We don’t get to see a cent,” Frank Brown, a 60-year member joked. All the money that is raised goes back to the community.

“The event has been going on over 45 years,” Turner said, “And it has been held at this church for the past 5 years.”

“This is a good event for the club, it is one of our biggest events and we have it twice a year,” Grasse said. The next barbecue will be in May.

“A lot of the people that help out here are either from Holt or Mason or Lansing. We usually get a good turnout,” Grasse said. “We actually didn’t think we had enough workers coming, but they all came and were a big help to the barbecue’s huge success, the President-elect said.

The next event the Kiwanis club will hold is a peanut sale at Dart Bank, Kroger and Flap Jacks. The sale is this coming weekend Sept. 30- Oct. 2.

The following weekend will be a newspaper drive from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Charlar Place in Holt.  Food can also be donated and that will go to the Holt Food Bank.

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