By Clint Parker
Weaverville – A labor of love took place on the weekend of November 2nd: A love for scouting, as the annual barbecue and silent auction for Weaverville’s Scouting program took place at the Weaverville United Methodist Church on North Main Street.
The event really took place over a two-day period, as smoking of the pork butts for the event started on Friday, which doesn’t even cover the months of gathering the silent auction items for the occasion.
The annual ritual started more than 20 years ago when the town’s fire department conducted a yearly fund raiser, but two decades ago the Scouting program took over the custom to raise support for their program.
Nearly 150 butts were smoked, with part of them being used to serve hungry appetites inside the church’s fellowship hall and others being sold whole to those who ordered the tasty southern staple.
While the amount of money raised at the event varies from year to year, on average, the yearly barbecue raises about $7,000 for the program.