by Lynn Meredith
For as many years as can be remembered, the Elburn Community Congregational Church has had its food tent in the heart of Elburn Days. Before the fast food that now proliferates, the church men, women and children were serving up burgers, homemade barbeque, and of course, their scrumptious pies.
This year, the food will remain the same, but the site will change. The grill will be set up in the parking lot behind the church on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to the end of the parade. These are the days of the flea market and sidewalk sales in downtown Elburn.
“We’re going to continue to cook up through the parade in the hopes that the smell of good grilled food will bring people over,” Barb Holloman said. “We will have our barbeque and burgers, maybe hot dogs this year. We have a popcorn machine the youth group may bring out. There will be water and juice, and of course the pies.”
Holloman had the idea to set up the food booth near the parade and sidewalk sales as she saw the strain every year it put on the church to recruit enough members to work the tent on Friday night, all day Saturday, Saturday night, all day Sunday and Sunday night. It was too much for a church whose numbers have dwindled.
“It’s going to be here on our own parking lot. We’ve been breaking arms to get enough people because of the park, because of the length of time, and because of the heat. We’ve been moving the refrigerator down there, and the freezer and the grill, and we don’t want to do it anymore,” Holloman said.
She sees the church as coming out ahead by saving set-up costs and the price of a tent while at the same time continuing the tradition of serving the community from the hearts and hands of the church members.
“We’re focusing on the positive. We have less work, we don’t have to get there at 6 a.m., and we don’t have to be tripping over cords,” she said. “I’m excited. I think it’s going to go well.”