The Duncan Banner
Noodles and chicken sounds fairly simple but much work goes into preparing for the First United Methodist Church’s annual Noodle Dinner.
This is the 48th year for the event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at FUMC and is sponsored by the United Methodist Women. Many of the church members, men and women, have been involved for years, such as event chair this year, Barbara Braught.
“This is my second time as chair, the first time was in 2005,” Braught said. “I have lived in Duncan almost 19 years and have only missed a couple of the dinners.”
Noodles enough to feed about 2,200 people were made by church volunteers in August. Members will take home several pounds of chicken to prepare tonight and Monday. About 190 loaves of French bread will also be cut and buttered for the meal.
“We’re pretty much ready to go,” said Braught. “There will be about 2,300 pieces of homemade dessert and that’s pretty amazing.”
Most of the desserts are pies and there will be a limited supply of FUMC cook Betty Davis’ infamous coconut cream and chocolate pies.
Ticket sales raise funds for various entities in the community. The average amount raised is close to $10,000. This year the proceeds will be distributed between Toy Shop, Women’s Haven, Christians Concerned, Stephens County Youth Shelter and Food For Kids through the Southwest Oklahoma Regional Food Bank.
While there are numerous volunteers throughout the process to get to the final event of the Noodle Dinner, there will be somewhere between 75 and 100 working during the hours of the dinner.
Meals may be eaten at the church or carried out. However, dining in adds the community interaction aspect to the event.
“It’s so much fun with all the fellowship that goes on,” said Braught. “We get to see everyone in the community.”