Hawkins United Methodist Church barbecue, garage sale returns after two years

Published 10:50 am Thursday, March 31, 2022

A more than 20-year tradition returns to Hawkins United Methodist Church on Halls Ferry Road Saturday when the church’s barbecue and garage sale return after a two-year absence due to COVID-19.

“We know people are ready for this because they’re asking me all the time when are we going to have the barbecue again,” said Robert Walters, one of the event’s organizers.

He said the event is held twice a year on the first Saturday in April and the first Saturday in October. The money raised goes to help programs supported by the church’s Methodist Men and Methodist Women groups.

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“Most of the money is spent in Warren County; we have several organizations we help,” Walters said.

The menu for the barbecue is a half-chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and a piece of cake. Iced tea will also be available. The cost of the dinner is $12 and will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church’s Abundant Life Building, located at the church’s lower parking lot at 3736 Halls Ferry Road.  People can eat in or take out.

The church will deliver on orders of 10 or more plates. The garage sale runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re hoping to sell 420 chicken halves,” Walters said.

“We invite everybody to come and we have a big garage sale. Our whole downstairs auditorium is full of knick-knacks and bedding and tools and books and just about anything,” he said. “We also have a bake sale and a plant sale.”

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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