July 22, 2014

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VIDEO: North Eaton Christian Church celebrates 50 years at fair

WELLINGTON — The North Eaton Christian Church is celebrating a big fair anniversary this year — 50 years of serving food beneath the grandstand.

The booth sells food, including breakfast until 11 a.m. and then switches over to burgers, hot dogs, sloppy joes, chips, pop and more, according to Polly Tallos, the church’s director of christian education and youth. For the 50th anniversary this year, they’re selling pies as well.

“What we hear from everybody that’s walking around is ‘Wow! You guys got the best food with the best prices,’ ” she said. “So for what they’re getting, they’re getting a pretty good deal.”

Tallos said the church takes in $10,000 or more in profit each year during fair week.

“We take in the money, and then in the church we decide which particular groups in the church — and even some from outside the church — can get the money,” she said.

Money funds basic upkeep of the church (they have current projects such as the church roof and parking lot) and also goes to church ministries, such as sending kids to camp and a youth mission trip. Money is also given to outside groups, such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Tallos said hamburgers and cheeseburgers always tend to be the biggest sellers. Their sloppy joes are pretty popular this year, too, due, in part, to a new recipe.

“We’ve got a different mix this year, so it’s even better than it was last year,” Tallos said.

“Just stop in and say hi,” she said. “We see a lot of old friends, people who come back every year and say hi.”

North Eaton Christian Church is located near the intersection of state Routes 82 and 83 in Eaton Township.