Burk Tradition Fills Church with Homemade Food and Fellowship

A fall tradition brought people of all religions together Sunday at a church in Burkburnett.

Saint Jude's Fall Fest dinner is their main fundraiser and was started years before the church was even built.

48 years later, the tradition is still going strong.

Hundreds of people pass through these doors after church to pick up plates of German sausage, turkey, sides and dessert and the only thing church members say is better than the food is how much the money helps.

“It basically goes to help keep our doors open and in addition to that, what monies are left over to help future projects as far as the growth of the church and building on and repairing a lot of the things that are needed,” says Church Member David Nix.

And as the church has changed and expanded through the years, some of the people helping to make the dinner a success have become part of the tradition.

“We have people who have been working in our kitchen and cooking the turkeys and cutting the turkeys and serving the dinners that have literally been doing this for 25-30 years,” says Nix.

People like Greg Leonard, who has worked in the kitchen for over 20 years.

He says the dinner is a lot of work but always worth it because everyone looks forward to it.

“We plan all year round but actively, probably a month, buying grocery's ordering supplies and a lot of work goes into it the week of as far as cooking and preparing,” says Leonard.

A bake sale, raffle and silent auction also add to the church's fund, but organizers agree people from all religions and backgrounds visit Fall Fest because it gives everyone a chance to spend time together while enjoying the traditional food.

“Well the food is unbelievable.  It's not a Catholic thing, it's a Burkburnett thing, says Church Member Michael Richter.

“There's a lot of folks here in town, thank goodness a lot of the additional churches and the towns people of Burk really support this, I think everyone kind of in the mood this time of year for some good German sausage and some turkey,” says Nix.

On average church members feed between 600 and 700 people during Fall Fest.

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