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Serving up tradition

Area churches ready to feed the masses at OT
Aug 30, 2018

By Gretchen Teske, Mt. Pleasant News


A storm has been brewing in Mt. Pleasant since early Wednesday morning by volunteers in three local churches as they prepare to the feed the masses at Midwest Old Threshers.

Since 6 a.m., Wednesday, three area churches have been cooking up a storm to feed the Old Threshers goers some of their homemade goodies. St. Alphonsus, First United Methodist and Faith Lutheran churches have all pulled together a team of people to help make their signature dishes.

St. Alphonsus will be serving their signature rib-eye sandwiches and walking tacos with rotisserie chicken, grilled pork loin and meatloaf on the dinner line. On Friday and Saturday, they’ll even be serving catfish. They also will have baked goods and ice cream which parishioner Karla Maher says are all homemade. Maher said last year they served over 1,600 rib-eye sandwiches alone. All that work requires around 500 volunteers throughout the course of the week. On the grounds, there are volunteer positions for over 318 people and 162 are needed at the church to continue the cooking throughout the week.

First United Methodist has been serving at Old Threshers for over 50 years. They will be serving their award-winning meatloaf which won a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair last year. Parishioner Jeff Thomas said they also will be serving fried chicken, a full set of sides, loaded baked potatoes and homemade cookies and ice cream made by church members. They have a full kitchen on the grounds and will begin cooking around 9 a.m. Thursday and continue all day, and all week. “Then we’re back at 6 a.m. the next morning,” he said.

They have around 350 shifts to fill and estimates they serve between 5,000 to 6,000 every year. He encourages people to come down and enjoy the food, despite the unpleasing forecast. “I know this year they’re showing a little rain a couple days, but that’s a good time to come out and sit under the pavilion and enjoy a home-cooked meal,” he says.

Faith Lutheran also has been serving for over 50 years and has perfected their recipe for their signature dish: beef and noodles. “We’re notorious for it,” said church secretary Sue George. “Our beef and noodles are known internationally. It’s one of those things that gets around,” she said. They also will be serving sandwiches, melon and salad and this year, taking credit cards. She estimates there are about 450 shifts to fill over the five days and because they serve around 5,000 people every year, they need all of those volunteers and then some.

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