Wednesday, August 8, 2012

St Patrick Irish Church Picnic

St Patrick Irish Church Picnic - State health officials are looking for the source of an illness that struck at least 50 people who attended a community picnic in Middle Tennessee. The St. Patrick’s Irish Picnic in McEwen is a 158-year tradition that brings in about 20,000 people annually.

Department of Health spokeswoman Shelly Walker told WTVF-TV reports started coming in a few days after this year’s event on July 27-28. Walker said a few cases have tested positive for a strain of salmonella bacteria.

She said investigators have also interviewed a number of people who attended the picnic and did not become ill. Various food items have been tested, but the department has not isolated the source of the illness.

Hosted by members of St. Patrick Church and the friends of the Parish, the Irish Picnic is always held the last Friday and Saturday in July. Some 21,000 pounds of barbecue pork will be slow cooked over hickory bark coals during a 24-hour laborious process, ready for hungry lunch crowds Saturday morning. Early visitors may want to feast on the 4,200 chicken halves that will be prepared by lunch time Friday. Plan to stay for the free live music and dancing that begins at 6:00 P.M.

 in the outdoor bandstand. If you're feeling a bit of the Irish luck, try your hand at the numerous games, including basketball, dart throw, and a duck pond, that will be open from 5:00 P.M. until 11:00 P.M. Friday and again on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 P.M.. Music and dancing will begin Saturday morning and last throughout the day.

Here is an article about the Irish picnic put out by the Tennessee Register. It has a bit of history and some interviews with St. Patrick's parishioners as well.

St Patrick Irish Church Picnic Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Arm Aritn

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