'Soul Food' draws Saturday crowd
Saturday's consistent snowfall wasn't enough to keep patrons away from the multipurpose building at Saline County Fairground, in Marshall, where the atmosphere inside was a warm welcome.
The third annual Soul Food Extravaganza featured homemade, southern-style food that people have seemed to demand more each year of the Powerhouse Ministries-sponsored event. Elder Jones, with Powerhouse, said the turnout was great.
"We knew it was going to be a good turnout, but with the weather ... we've had a lot more call-ins this year," Jones said, noting volunteers delivered meals to more senior citizens this year than they previously had. "From the time the doors opened at 11 o'clock, it was a rush crowd."
Hot food trays spanned across several tables where patrons scoped out their favorite items or searched for something new. The menu included some of the southern and "soul food" staples, such as chicken, pig feet, chitlins, collard greens and cabbage, to spaghetti and meatballs, even raccoon for those with a more adventurous pallatte.
"A lot of communities love 'soul food' ... A lot of people look forward to coming back every year," Jones said. "We just try to be a blessing to the community -- try to give back."
Jones said the event takes a lot of work, but it's worth the effort in order to serve the community.