SOUTH FORK—The annual South Fork Kiwanis brisket dinner served up Saturday night, June 29 and welcomed almost 200 people who came out to enjoy a night of fun and great food. The organization has been hosting the event for several years as one of their main fundraisers that help with yearly events around the Valley.
For the last week, Kiwanis members have been gathering food and Mountain Views Restaurant out of Monte Vista prepared the main dish, smoked brisket. It was a great way for the community to come out and enjoy a home cooked meal before the busy Third of July celebrations happening on Wednesday in South Fork.
Originally the event was held on the afternoon of July 3 until Kiwanis moved the date to the end of June in hopes of getting a better turnout. The change offered exactly what they were hoping for as guests lined up outside of the community building waiting for the chance to make monetary and other donations.
The club hosts the dinner as a fundraiser, using the funds collected during the event to help pay for future projects like annual Christmas parties for area students and the migrant worker’s program that helps supply hygienic necessities to area agricultural workers during the summer months.
Kiwanis is one of many organizations in the Valley that helps supply the hygienic packages to migrant workers throughout the summer, making sure the people who are here to work the agricultural season have some of life’s main necessities like a toothbrush, toothpaste, combs and other hygienic materials.
Every year the organization also purchases books and small stuffed animals as gifts for area schools and hosts Christmas parties for students in the Valley. They also host annual Easter egg hunts at local Headstart programs.