Tonight, Emden's homecoming weekend opens with their popular chicken
dinner at the Community House. This event typically brings out the
Wonderful fried chicken is served with all the right trimmings:
mashed potatoes, green beans and pie.
The New Salem Opry is contracted for the evening every year.
Loudspeakers carry their performance up and down the street for all
to hear while sitting out for an easy visit with friends and
This dinner this year comes with a caveat. In its long history it
has always been prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. In days gone past,
the women would gather together and kill fresh chickens for the
meal. That hasn't happened for a while, and the auxiliary has now
gotten a little thin on help.
Cheryl Ruben said that it would be the FFA preparing the chicken
this year. There's been some wondering how the chicken is going to
turn out. Can they match those ladies of history who did it for so
Ruben laughed and said that the chicken would be the same, as it
is the same person doing the frying. Sounded like she knew something
Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday
Of course Summertime Fun Amusements is set up with rides for the
family and will be open from 5 till 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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Saturday is a busy day in town, starting at 7 a.m. with a 5K race.
For those not as adept at running a long distance, there also will
be a one-mile fun run just to get the muscles loose for a long day
of community fellowship and entertainment.
Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon will be the hours for the townwide
garage sale, and you all know you can never have enough stuff.
All day there will be a craft show and sale, with a car show from
9 a.m. till 4 p.m.
For those future farmers, there will be a kiddie tractor pull at
No celebration could be complete without a parade, which will
start at 2 p.m.
At 4:30 the Hartem Boosters Club will serve up a fish supper so
you can fill up before another stage show at 7:30, featuring the
The weekend will finish on Sunday with a combined church service
at 10:30 a.m.
There is so much more, so we recommend you just plan to spend the
day or days in Emden this weekend and enjoy the activities.