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Feast on barbecue and more
at Church of the Mediator event

By Staff
MEDIATOR BARBECUE- Leslie Priester, Marian Deeb, Carolyn Mitchell and Gayle Gray show off some of the desserts that will be available Saturday during the 35th Annual Church of the Mediator Barbecue. The event is from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Plates are $6, and can be purchased at the church's parish hall at 3825 35th Ave. Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
November 10, 2004
Mouth-watering barbecue with all the trimmings is the speciality at the 35th Annual Church of the Mediator Barbecue.
The event is set for Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the church, 3825 35th Ave.
Plates are $6 and include pork or beef, served with or without barbecue, cole slaw, baked beans and Texas toast. Loose meat is $19 for a three-pound bag.
The barbecue is the church's only fund-raiser. All money raised from the event benefits local charities. In past years, those charities have included Care Lodge, LOVE's Kitchen, Community of Hope Tutoring Program, Boys and Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, The Wesley House Medical Clinic and Meridian Speech and Hearing.
Last year the church made more than $10,000. Over the years, the church has raised more than $200,000 for local charities.
Although all the cooking and selling for the fund-raiser is now done at the church, the event began at the fairgrounds during the Mississippi/Alabama State Fair. The church set up a booth at the fair for many years and served breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Eventually, church members decided to move the event to the church grounds and what is now known as the "Mediator Barbecue" was born.
Preparations begin months in advance. A large pit to cook pork and beef is dug by volunteers and items for the freezer sale are prepared.
Saturday's barbecue will also feature children's activities, face-painting and a freezer bake sale with everything from vegetable dishes and chili to a variety of soups and gumbo.
A quilt also will be raffled. The quilt was donated by Doris Stuart in memory of her husband, Jack, who died in September. Doris herself passed away in October. Tickets are $1 each and the winner will be announced the afternoon of the barbecue.
New this year will be the "Dessert Counter" where a variety of homemade cheesecakes will be sold. Cheesecake toppings include strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, chocolate and praline pecan.
Another special item sold at the "Dessert Counter" will be G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Pecan Pies, which will come with Montgomery's own recipe.
What: Church of the Mediator Barbecue
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 3825 35th Ave.
Tickets: $6 each, free delivery for orders of five or more plates. Can be purchased at the church, from church members, and at Brown Printing, Music Emporium and Concepts Beauty Salon.
Information: Call 483-3959

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