MARQUETTE - The drive-thru feature, in its third year of being part of the Marquette Noon Kiwanis Chicken Barbecue, was wildly popular Sunday.
Vehicles were lined up around the building as orders were delivered right to the window for those who didn't want to escape into the cool confines of Lakeview Arena where many folks were enjoying the succulent chicken, plus baked potatoes and more in the 56th annual edition of the event.
"It's going really really good," said Sandra Lambert, club secretary and event co-chair. "There are 3,300 chickens being cooked and we have 60 volunteers here along with club members.
Gordon Warchock, left, and Ed Deyo flip chickens at the 56th annual Kiwanis Chicken Barbecue at Lakeview Arena Sunday. Some 3,300 chickens were cooked in the annual fundraiser for the Marquette Noon Kiwanis Club. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)
"All the money raised here goes back into the community," she said. "We have grant recipients throughout the community."
At the drive-thru area in back of the arena, young volunteers were running the to-go packs up to the vehicles. A little farther from the building, the cooking crew was busy raking charcoal and flipping scores of chickens.
"They've been at it since 6 a.m.," said Ed Deyo, club president. "It has been a great day, especially the weather."
The event started at 11:30 a.m. and continued through to 2 p.m., saving many area residents from cooking on a record-warm Sunday.
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