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Chamber Gears Up For Annual Chicken Barbecue

The delicious smell of barbecue chicken will waft through the air once again on Saturday, Aug. 19, as the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce hosts its 22nd annual chicken barbecue at the rear of the Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy. Food will be prepared by a Manheim-based family-owned barbecue business and served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chamber coordinator Kerry Meyers recommends prepurchasing tickets since the event typically sells out early. Meals will include half a barbecued chicken, a baked potato, a roll and butter, applesauce, a whoopie pie, and a beverage. Half-chickens will also be available. All prepurchased meals must be picked up no later than 1 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased from Chamber members or at any of the following Mount Joy locations: J.B. Hostetter and Sons, 1225 W. Main St.; Darrenkamp's Market, 945 E. Main St.; and the Milanof-Schock Library. Tickets will also be available at the Chamber office, 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays.

This year's chicken count is up to 1,250 full dinners and 300 half-chickens, Meyers said.

All proceeds from the chicken barbecue will support the Chamber office and Visitor's Center, Music in the Park, and the scholarships that are awarded to local students each year. In addition to the annual chicken barbecue held on the third Saturday in August, the Chamber hosts a banquet and benefit auction each spring. "The banquet net profits are higher, but the chicken barbecue keeps creeping up as it grows each year," Meyers commented. "It is a fun day with lots of Chamber member volunteers."

The Chamber is grateful to the many event sponsors who help to make the annual event possible, whether through providing monetary or product donations. Meyers said that selling tickets turns into a bit of a contest among Chamber members, and everyone comes together to make the fundraiser a huge success.

To learn more about the Chamber, readers may visit http://www.mountjoychamber.com.

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