Pulled pork, pies bring out generous donors for Rippey celebration

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The Churdan Town and Country Band provided musical entertainment and nature provided the perfect weather for Saturday's successful Rippey sesquicentennial fundraiser.


About 80 people enjoyed a late-summer meal at the Rippey Community Center Saturday evening, consisting of pulled pork sandwiches, chips, baked beans, bars and a beverage.

Attendees were generous with their donations, with $611 raised to advance the funding for Rippey’s sesquicentennial, which will be held Aug. 1, 2020.

The Churdan Town and Country Band provided the musical entertainment for the evening under a blue sky dotted by white fluffy clouds and with a sight southern breeze, a beautiful evening weather-wise for the event.

The other entertainment of the evening was the pie auction. Stuart Cretsinger of Cretsinger Auction of Coon Rapids served as the auctioneer for the 23 pies creatively and lovingly provided by the excellent pie bakers of the Rippey community.

A pecan pie made by Maralynn Rinker generated almost $100, as it was sold twice.

The pie auction generated $1,335, with the honor of the mostly costly pie being a coconut cream baked by Beverly Derry that sold for a whopping $110 to David and Carol John.

Rolling Hills was the biggest donor of the evening, purchasing $315 worth of delicious pies.

While the evening was designed to generate funds for fireworks to be displayed during the 150th birthday celebration of the town, an additional outcome was neighbors and friends who enjoyed visiting late into the evening and long after the band concert ended.

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