Hot dogs, baked potatoes, coleslaw, rolls and of course, fresh grilled steak, as well as beer were the attractions for families to come out and enjoy at the Ruritan Steak Fest last week on Wednesday. The price of the dinner which families could either eat while either enjoying the event, or taking it home, was $25. Along with the meal, there was a music and a 50/50 drawing.
“We’re going on our 14th year in the spring and this will be our seventh year in the Fall,” Ruritan Club Member and Event Organizer David Thompson said. “The majority of the money we raise goes to scholarships.”
Thompson explained that the club gave out $7500 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors this year because of fundraisers like the steak fest. He also explained that money goes to the fire department, the police department, the sheriff’s office to help them with various projects.
“We help the community,” Thompson said. “We do Christmas baskets, we do the Christmas sharing program which is helping the needy families during Christmas time, we do Christmas dinner baskets, and all of this comes from the support we get from the locals here that come out and support our steak fest.”
Thompson explained that the drawing was for a chance to win one of two guns or $300.
“I’m hoping that money goes into helping the community,” Thompson said. “It’s been a big success and we probably get 350-400 people out here during the course of the afternoon.”
In order to be able to receive alcoholic beverages at the event, citizens had to get a cup when they entered. The plastic cups were the color pink, which was in honor of breast cancer awareness. Sponsors, which were listed on the cup included Martin and Canterbury, Long and Foster Realtors, The Anderson Family and R.M. Wilkinson Oil and Propane. Proceeds from this event were donated to the Susan Komen Foundation.
“This is something that the Ruritan Club has been doing for many, many years,” Club Member Brandon Woody said. “It’s proven to be one of our best fundraisers that the club does, and it just gives us an opportunity to engage others in the community with our club, teach them about our club, and a way to make money to give back to the community.”
Woody has served as the Vice President of the Ruritan Club, and is also the chairman of the golf tournament, which is something the club has been doing for the past three years.
“All that money goes into a scholarship fund,” Woody said. “We used to give out two scholarships, and now we’ve increased that to multiple scholarships.”
The Steak Fest began at 4 p.m., and concluded in the evening around 7 p.m. It was an event for people of all ages to come out and enjoy.
“I’m very active in this community, and I love this community,” Thompson said. “I want to try to reach out and help. I was finally able to join. I used to come to the events before I was a member and I saw what they did, so that’s what made me get into it. We’re always trying to find new members because our organization is aging out and it’s hard to get young people to join.”