After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the St. Martin of Tours Harvest Picnic in Flaherty made its return this year. Though it was subdued in terms of events and attendance because of COVID, it was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended.
One of the big draws traditionally is the pulled pork and chicken dinner with a large plethora of offerings when it comes to sides and desserts. This year, however, the menu was downsized to a pulled pork sandwich, a bag of chips and cookies but was free for anyone who was hungry. Kevin Lusk had pulled in his smoker, and during the wee hours of the morning, he and several volunteers went to work smoking pork butts that were pulled and sauced for a crowd that raved about the delicious barbecue for the rest of the day.
Other events included live music, a car show, a train for the children to ride and an auction. The big draw was the truck raffle that took place at 7 p.m. Last year after all their picnics were cancelled, the Catholic churches in Meade County along with Holy Guardian Angel in Irvington teamed up with Tony Brown Chevrolet owner Travis Flaherty to raffle off a brand-new pickup truck. It was done to help offset the lost revenue from the picnics. This was once again done this year with the addition of four $1,000 drawings as well. The winner of this year’s Chevy Silverado was Emily Richardson. The $1,000 drawings went to Mark Filburn, Pike Lawn & Garden, Tung Do and Jessie, Jace, and Jack Blehar.
The most important part of the picnic was the fellowship. The campus at St. Martin’s is as beautiful as they come. Its large footprint allows for children to safely run and play together, people to space out for various events and attendees to enjoy the beautiful weather as they walk around. It serves as a homecoming, as much as anything, where good conversations with old friends rules the day. The tireless volunteers did a wonderful job once again, giving the community a picnic to be proud of.