Volunteers prepare for Moreland’s July 4 barbecue
by Lindy Oller
Parades, fireworks and food are the main components of a community Fourth of July celebration.
Several volunteers in Moreland prepare the meats for their annual barbecue starting the day before the big Independence Day event.
The July 4th barbecue sponsored by Moreland area churches for some six decades will be held today at the Lewis Grizzard pavilion on Main Street. Serving starts at 11 a.m. Regular attendees tend to get in line by 10:30.
The barbecue plates are $8. An average of about 2,000 people are served each year.
Jimmy Haynes, clerk for the city of Moreland, said the barbecue event first started in 1947. It used to be done at the Masonic hall on U.S. Highway 29. The barbecue’s location was moved to the newly-built Lewis Grizzard pavillion in 1994.
More than 2,000 pounds of meat are cooked every year. The meats that are cooked, Haynes said, include ham, beef, chicken, boston butts, and pork shoulders. The ham is cooked for 12 hours.
Haynes said that they used to cook whole hogs 25 years ago.
Brunswick stew is also cooked for the event.
Three grills are necessary to cook all the meats. All the grills were donated by the Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist churches in Moreland. Many of the volunteers are members of these churches.
Bethlehem Baptist Church is joining the event as a sponsor this year. First Baptist Church of Moreland and Moreland United Methodist Church are continuing their long-term participation.
“We keep the tradition alive. It is a fundraiser for the churches and a lot of fun,” said Haynes.
Buddy Puckett of Moreland said that many people also attend the arts and crafts show that is held in conjunction with the barbecue.
Many people come back to their hometown to take part in the festivities.
“It is great meeting familiar faces and catching up on old times,” said Puckett.