Fund-raiser supper slated
The Vinland Fair's centennial year kicks off with the annual whole-hog sausage and pancake supper, which will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Vinland Fairgrounds, southwest of Eudora. The event benefits the Vinland Fair Aug. 9 to 12.
Fair board members and community volunteers will set up the historic exhibition building for the event at 9 a.m. Saturday. Preparations will continue at 9 a.m. the day of the supper. All community members are welcome to assist.
Vinland Grange members, who founded the fair, began the benefit supper to raise money to support the fair. The suppers, usually scheduled for Groundhog Day, were served to overflow crowds in the Vinland Grange Hall, now owned by the Santa Fe Historical Association.
The Grange Hall had no plumbing and was heated with a wood/coal stove. Grange members brought water in milk cans. The pancakes were mixed in a milk bucket with a homemade paddle attached to an electric drill. The day of the supper, women from the community spent several hours hand-shaping the sausage patties made from hogs raised and butchered locally.
For the past 20 years, the supper has been prepared and served in the exhibit building on the fairgrounds by the Vinland Fair Association board members and other community volunteers. The kitchen facilities and equipment are updated, but the tradition of sausage made from entire hog carcasses continues.