The 33rd annual Country Cookin’ fundraising event for the Community Youth Involved Center (CYIC) in Fort Pierre, saw close to 600 people enjoying the scrumptious offerings on Wednesday evening, Aug. 21.

“This is double from last year,” said Pat Duffy, the one-person power behind the Pat Duffy Community & Youth Involved Center. “It was great. Everyone said the food was wonderful.”

Though Duffy may be the head, she was grateful for the 50 volunteers who helped prepare and serve the food, and all the other work involved. More people helped, but the largest groups represented were about 25 people from the swim team, some from First National Bank, and, of course, CYIC board members and their families.

“They like what they are doing; feel good about themselves, had a great time,” said Duffy. As the event’s draw states, “Bring the family and sample our old fashioned hospitality.”

The traditional oven-fried chicken meal included all the sides and fixings. The corn on the cob, for 33 years now, was donated and cooked by the Prairie Traders. There was mashed potatoes and gravy “just like grandma’s,” homemade bread, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, iced tea, lemonade and coffee.

As a quick estimate, Duffy believes the net funds raised could be about $2,500. “And, the senior citizens meal we are having (August 22) will be chicken,” said Duffy.

The CYIC is a United Way partner agency.

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