Town’s July 4 BBQ celebrates 50 years

If history is any indications the town’s Methodist Church will feed close to 500 (of all ages) at this year’s 4th of July BBQ next Wednesday

by Lettie Stratton

This year, Shelburne will celebrate its 50th Annual July 4 Chicken Barbeque, Auction, and Bazaar to benefit the Methodist Church.

Bill Coates, one of the original founders of the event, explained that the Barbeque has been popular in the Shelburne community since day one. “It was a big hit,” he said, “and it really brought the church together.”

Coates said many community members were involved in planning the event. “Me and Larry Williams used to go hunting and fishing together, and were on the board of the church,” he explained. “We needed to raise money for the church budget, so we decided to give it the old Vermont try and have a barbeque and an auction.”

The event hasn’t changed much since its kick-off 50 years ago, according to Coates. “As they say, if it ain’t, broke don’t fix it!” he said.

This year’s celebration does feature one new addition, though—a bounce castle, free of charge, to keep the kids entertained.

“People are excited,” Coates concluded. “I keep getting calls from folks asking if they can still get tickets.”

Coates said the auction has already received an impressive number of donations. “It should be a real good sized sale,” he said. “There’s something for everybody, at decent prices, too—quality antiques, bicycles, furniture, dolls, lawnmowers—it isn’t junk.”

Charlie Barsalow will be the auctioneer. Coates says Barsalow, a professionally licensed auctioneer, has been donating his time and presiding over the chicken barbeque auction for the past 10 years.

The price of the Barbeque is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. The church, located on the corner of Route 7 and the Parade Ground, will be open to receive donations Monday-Friday 7 am-1:30 pm and 4 pm-7 pm, Saturdays from 7 am-7 pm, and Sundays from 11 am-4 pm. There will be no advance sales for tickets, but they can be purchased beginning at 9 am on the day of the event.

Call the Shelburne United Methodist Church at 802-985-3981 with questions.

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