By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The soggy weather might’ve rained out most July fourth events, but at least one Rome tradition was alive and thriving this independence day.
Fresh, home-cooked barbeque and Brunswick stew drew hundreds of people to American Legion Post 5 on Thursday. And though record amounts of their pulled pork have been sold, they’ve still got leftovers.
“The first couple of days it was kind of steady in spurts, but today it’s been non-stop since 9:30 this morning. We’ve served about 300 pounds of barbeque, close to 500 gallons of stew and we still have plenty left,” Post Commander Tommy Fricks says. “This is the third one that I’ve done and this is the busiest July 4th I’ve seen. That’s a good thing; it means the economy is getting better, or it’s a rainy day and nobody has anything else to do.”
The Legion will continue their sale into Friday. They generally earn anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 off their barbeque, with all money raised going towards their work with veterans and The Special Olympics.