87th Annual Chicken Dinner deemed success

St. Boniface held its 87th Annual Chicken Dinner Aug. 4.
Organizer Catherine Ratliff said people were at the church at 2:30 p.m., not to eat yet, but to visit with others.
“A whole group of people from Ohio are here, and some from Florida,” she said.
The Gissy family hails from Florida, and Tim Gissy said his dad, Joseph, traveled to the dinner each year until his passing in 2013.
“Since then, we always have someone here. Two years ago, Mom came up, and my sisters have come up,” he said.
Gissy, who comes from a family of seven, brought his children to the dinner this year: Isabella, Gaby, Sophia, and Joseph.
A quilt was raffled off again this year. Ratliff said six women pieced and quilted it, beginning work on the project in February.
“They would meet at least once a week at the church,” she said. “They meet in the morning, stop for lunch and work until about 1:30 p.m.”
The winner has not yet been reported.
The dinner takes place in the church hall and outside on the grounds. The hall was not built until the 1960s, and Ratliff recalls washing dishes in the back of the church, with tables set up in the front.
“All the food was cooked at home and brought to the church,” she recalled.
The dinner takes place each year, and everyone is invited to attend.

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