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Lines for sausage snake through Verboort

In its 80th year, community dinner draws 7,800


Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: PHIL SNAPP - Volunteers have been working for months to get ready for the big day -- grinding and smoking sausage, prepping sauerkraut and making applesauce. The 80th annual Verboort Sausage & Sauerkraut Community Dinner went off without a hitch last Saturday, Nov. 1, thanks to about 700 day-of volunteers and hungry supporters.

Thousands of people braved the rain and cold to get their hands on a November western Washington County tradition — homemade sausage and sauerkraut made in Verboort as a fundraiser for Visitation Catholic School.

According to Aaron Duyck, the event’s co-chair and 2015 chair, hungry locals went through 15 tons of sausage. About 7,800 meals were sold. One individual started off the line for bulk sales at 1 a.m. early Saturday morning. The line continued to snake through roads throughout the day until early afternoon when bulk sausage and sauerkraut sold out.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: PHIL SNAPP - About 7,800 people enjoyed this years 80th annual Verboort Sausage & Sauerkraut Community Dinner Nov. 1 in the tiny Catholic community just north of Forest Grove. The event helps keep tuition costs for the private, Catholic school affordable, Duyck said. This year, volunteers prepped even more food than last year and raised the price for complete meals and bulk sales by $1. They haven’t tallied the final money brought in by this year’s dinner.

“Fun was had by all; most everyone volunteers just because they want to,” Duyck said. “It’s a long day but well worth it.”

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: PHIL SNAPP - People started lining up at 1 a.m. Saturday to buy bulk sausage and sauerkraut. The lines continued to grow throughout the day.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: PHIL SNAPP - People started lining up at 1 a.m. Saturday to buy bulk sausage and sauerkraut. The lines continued to grow throughout the day.

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