Shelburne church celebrates Fourth of July

Shelburne will celebrate its 52nd Annual July 4 Chicken Barbeque, Auction, and Bazaar to benefit the Methodist Church on Friday, July 4, this year.

“At 9am there’s a line of people waiting to get in to the white elephant sale,” Julie Broadway, chair of the annual sale, explained, “The barbeque starts at 11am and the auction is immediately following.”

Charlie Barsalow returns as auctioneer. A professionally licensed auctioneer, he has been donating his time and presiding over this annual fundraiser for more than a decade.

“The real beauty of this event is that people donate items, and then the church turns around and sells them, and then that money turns around and goes back into the community again, so it’s really a pay-it-forward model that goes on and on,” Broadway shared.

In past years the barbeque has turned out between 250 and 300 people and Broadway said they were hoping for about the same this year. She encouraged anyone who will be in town Friday to attend. “It’s a lot of fun,” she said, “The food is good, you’ll find something inexpensive that you want, and all of the proceeds go back to the community. It’s a great way to celebrate the Fourth.”

The price of the barbeque is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. The church is located on the corner of Route 7 and the Parade Green. No advance sales, but tickets can be purchased beginning at 9am the day of the event.