Clarion may not be the biggest town, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in the quality of the people, and this was proven this past Sunday, Oct. 18 at The Clarion County Park where locals and Clarion University students came together to enjoy locally grown food and one another’s company.
The Clarion Family Dinner event began at 1 p.m. with about 70 people in attendance, each enjoying a selection of fresh food, thanks to contributions from The Bend Farm, Saylor’s Farm, Twig N’ Kooties, Simple Goods, Knox Bakery, Shamburg Pork, Yeaney’s Maple LLC, Curran Acres, Heritage Farms, Clarion Beefs Farm, Clarion River Organics, Farmtastic Farm, Piney Ridge Farm and the help of Explore Clarion, Grow Clarion, panel and The Progress News.
With mums and pumpkins as centerpieces on every table, attendees enjoyed the fall atmosphere while keeping warm inside, eating anything and everything from pulled pork, chicken and turkey sandwiches, along with hot-off-the-grill burgers and roasted vegetables with a nice cold cup of apple cider.
People also didn’t hesitate to stop by the large dessert table, filled with banana and zucchini breads, chocolate chip cookies, apple treats and lemon cake bars.
Following the delicious dinner, gift baskets and pumpkins were raffled off, as friends and family bonded and formed new friendships with others around them.
Clarion University senior communication major, Abby Hindman, who is interning for the university’s Center for Leadership and Involvement, took on the role of creating and organizing the entire Clarion Family Dinner event, including everything from advertising and event planning to the ordering of the farm fresh food.
Clarion University’s sororities also played a big part in recognizing local businesses and agriculture by helping prepare the food and decorations for the event.
“I was pleased with the turnout and that campus students and the sororities came together to support the local community and its agriculture,” said Hindman.
As a sense of community was built during the Clarion Family Dinner, there’s no doubt that the event brought together people of all ages and backgrounds this past Sunday with good food and even better conversation.