Annual Harvest Supper draws largest crowd in recent history

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Laurel Hill residents eye the bounty offered during the community’s annual Harvest Supper. This year’s feast drew more than 150 people, one of the largest turnouts in recent history.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 09:00 AM.

LAUREL HILL — Residents of this north county town know the winter holidays are here because the season regularly coincides with the annual community Harvest Supper. A record turnout, surpassing more than 150 of the town’s 560 residents, crowded Thursday into First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall for this year’s event.

Extra tables were set up as more and more families arrived bearing hot covered dishes, salads, desserts and drinks. Plates ran out midway through the feast, but were quickly replaced. Long-time residents said they hadn’t seen the supper so well attended in recent memory.

“This is the most folks I’ve seen in a long time,” George “Woot” Campbell, a retired Crestview High School teacher, said. “I don’t know how long this supper’s been going on. It’s been going on since I moved here” 40 years ago.

Relative newcomers also embraced the community event.

“I’ve been coming here about two years,” Laurel Hill School student Bryce Wooten, 10, said. “It’s fun coming here to see all the people. I like everything about it.”

The Rev. Jonathan Shepard, pastor of event host Ebenezer Baptist Church, delivered the message, first noting, “I know we’re not all Baptist but we have appetites like Baptists. But before we take care of our physical appetites, let’s feed our spiritual hunger.”

Shepard expressed gratitude to see so many denominations represented at the feast and rubbing elbows with each other.

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