Lansdowne Agricultural Society hosts 2nd annual roast beef fundraiser

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The Lansdowne Agricultural Society (LAS) has become an expert in dealing with COVID-19. Even with vaccines, masks and careful social distancing, self-isolation over sniffles and itchy throats, learning new levels of creative cooking, people need a change – a chance to eat. great home cooked meals without having to cook themselves or take unnecessary risks. With the success of last year’s fundraiser, LAS decided to start over and offer a roast beef dinner with all the garnishes.

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“Last year’s dinner was such a success that we decided to start over,” said Donna Dempsey of LAS. “Besides being a fundraiser for the (LAS), it allows us to organize an event to bring some joy to the residents of our community, especially the household cook.”

After more than a year and a half people are tired of everything and things that were once fun or routine have become tedious. The LAS members thought about it together and decided that they could start over and give everyone a day off from the kitchen while also raising some money for the company at the same time. Imagine – no food preparation, no cooking, no pots and pans to clean. Instead, you get a great homemade meal for just $ 20 per person, and all you have to do is pick it up and take it home.

“We have all prepared extra meals during this pandemic, and on Saturday, November 13, it will be time for everyone to take a day off,” Dempsey said. “Meals will be available via a drive-through pickup service at the fairgrounds from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.”

The menu consists of homemade roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables and homemade pie in a choice of apples, raisins, blueberries or strawberries. All food preparation is done by LAS kitchen staff.

“They are well known for their fabulous fairground cuisine – the full Saturday night dinner and the Sunday chicken barbecue during the fair,” said Dempsey. “If you’ve enjoyed any of these meals, you know you’re in for a treat. You may want to bring a box with you to store your take out containers for the ride home. “

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Many people attend the fair every year at Lansdowne, but few take into consideration the amount of work involved in keeping the grounds and buildings in good repair.

“LAS still has many projects underway for the maintenance and improvement of grounds and buildings,” said Dempsey. “The major renovations to our toilets have been completed and the finishes paid for. We have installed new stoves in the kitchen of the fairgrounds and new folding banquet chairs for the red exhibition building, and other projects are being considered and launched. Funds raised at last year’s dinner help cover costs. Many hands do light work, so if you are interested in contributing to the community spirit, the Lansdowne Agricultural Society would appreciate any volunteer time you may have to contribute.

But no matter how much time people are willing to devote as volunteers, the materials should be paid for and any funds raised will go towards making sure everything is available to do the job. LAS won’t let COVID-19 slow it down. They might not know exactly when, but the fair will be back and they are determined to be ready with improved facilities and many great events.

“The Lansdowne Agricultural Society will be holding their AGM on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm in the Lansdowne Community Building on Jessie Street,” said Dempsey. “If you want to find out who we are, plan to join us. Please wear a mask and obey social distancing rules. “

Amalia H. Mercado