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SOLD OUT: Lions have best turnout ever for pork and beef meal

The event raised money for youth, school and community projects.

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A line stretches out into the Depot parking lot as hungry attendees look for a meal at the annual Wadena Lions Feed on Thursday, July 21, 2022.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal
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WADENA — Wadena Lions member Paul Hunke had to deliver some sad news at 5:26 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, in Wadena's Burlington Northern Park.
Due to a gorgeous day and record crowds, they were out of pulled pork. That's not happened before in his years as the chair of the event. Even more surprising, they ran out of beef by 6 p.m.
"The Lions BBQ did very well," Hunke said following the event. "I have been chairing the event for the last 14 years and we have never served more people."
They typically prepare 700 pounds of meat and decided to up the ante this year to about 788 pounds as they anticipated a big crowd coming off the last couple years of COVID.
"We could not have asked for a nicer day to have our BBQ," Hunke said.
Running out of food prior to the end of the event at 7 p.m. was not something the Lions had hoped for, but as Hunke explained, it's hard to plan for just how many will show up or how the weather will cooperate for an outdoor feed. The noon hour was very busy and the long line of people for the supper hour made it evident that things were going well.
This year was a slight shift from the typical beef and turkey offering. The smoked pork came from local business Barbecue Smokehouse in Wadena.

The banner year will no doubt help the Lions do more as the proceeds go to support local school, youth and community projects.
If all goes well, they should be at it again next year at this time.

He's a writer, editor, photographer, truth seeker and promoter of the Wadena area.
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