The following was written by Eva Marie Adams for the Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Marking its 96th year, the Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites area residents to the annual Knippa Chicken Supper and Country Store on Saturday, Sept. 22.
With the end of summer fast approaching and the arrival of dove season, once again it is that time of year when the Emmanuel Lutheran Church hosts this famous annual event.
While the Chicken Supper remains a marker of the changing seasons, the supper brings strength to the community as residents gather to share the yearly meal.
After all, it is the community that continues to keep the tradition of the Chicken Supper alive. Many of the women who host the supper today have been involved with the event since they were children peeking out from behind their parents’ knees.
Jean Welch remembers when the supper was hosted at Hermanson’s Hall and the meal consisted of roasted chicken with dressing and cabbage slaw. Back then, all of the chickens were donated by community members who just raised extra for the occasion. The supper was a time to visit, rest, and look forward to harvest season.
Today, the fact remains that friendships, relationships, and communities such like this one are built on food. The table is a place where everyone is welcome to share life and love over a hot meal.
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