NEW CASTLE — The 144th Annual GAR Bean Dinner will take place on the customary third Sunday in August at McElwee Park in New Castle.
The day begins with church services at 10 a.m., hosted by the New Castle Ministries; everyone is welcome. Flag raising will be at 11:15 a.m., followed by a full menu meal including sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, homemade pies, cakes and such specialties as soup beans (cooked over an open fire in iron kettles) and cornbread. Homemade ice cream will be available by Phil Ingmire.
Entertainment by Chestnut Ridge Bluegrass Gospel commences at 11:45 a.m. with a performance by the Walhonding Rube Band at 1 p.m. and the crowning of the new Bean Queen or King. In addition, David Snyder from the Walhonding Valley Museum will bring some local history. Local officials and candidates will be on the grounds to visit and listen to concerns.
The Grand Army of the Republic Bean Dinner is held annually in commemoration of the Charles C. Nichols Post, formed in 1867. Historically, the bean dinner was held on the Nichols Farm west of New Castle. On bequeathal of McElwee Park to the community many years ago, the commemoration was transferred to its present location.
The park is open for picnics and family reunions. Any contributions will be appreciated and are only used for park improvements.
Contact Karen (Allen) Locke at 740-824-3792 with any questions.