The annual event featuring smoked pulled pork and
excellent sides and desserts is a big fundraiser for the local Boy
Scouts. This year, the greeters at the door and the ticket takers
said that the number were down on the whole. They also noted that
this year there was definitely an uptake in the number of carry out
With the outbreak of Covid-19 aka Corona virus in Illinois, and as
close to home as Springfield, Governor JB Pritzker and the Center
for Disease Control strongly urged that events with anticipated
large attendances be canceled.
The scouts rely on the BBQ for a big part of their annual
fundraising. In addition, by the time those announcements were made,
meat was already in the smokers, and it was a matter of “too late to
turn back now.”
At the door, the three scout greeters talked about
the day. They said that leaders had issued orders to everyone that
gloves be worn at all times inside the building. Scouts were to
observe social distancing and avoid human contact.
They were also to avoid touching their own faces and
if they did, they were to change gloves immediately.
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At the ticket table, sanitizer was available for use
going into the building as well as coming out.
In the take out room, volunteers were much busier than the
volunteers in the dining area.
In the dining area, the number of guests eating in were minimal.
Considering all that is going on with Covid-19 right now, the scouts
felt they had a pretty good day, and also felt they had done the
best job possible protecting the public and themselves.