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Rain, flies didn’t curtail fun at Black Fly Barbecue

Area residents attending the first-ever North Warren Black Fly Barbecue enjoyed the meal and socializing despite the wind and rain — and a few black flies. The event was held at the Chestertown Conservation Club.

Area residents attending the first-ever North Warren Black Fly Barbecue enjoyed the meal and socializing despite the wind and rain — and a few black flies. The event was held at the Chestertown Conservation Club. Margaret Holmes

— The cold and rain during the afternoon of Sunday May 19 may have stymied black flies, but it didn’t stop plenty of hardy souls from attending the first-ever Black Fly Barbecue — the latest fundraiser for the North Warren Bicentennial celebration.

The event, held at the Conservation Club in Chestertown, featured about 100 people from the region feasting on food prepared by J & R Catering. Many of those attending ate their meal and socialized on the back open-sided patio of the Conservation Club, despite the wind and rain.

Besides barbecue chicken the menu featured salads, red potatoes, Phyllis Cleveland's famous homemade rolls, and strawberry shortcake.

Those attending the event enjoyed the music provided by deejay Phil Downey.

Event Co-Chair Randy Duell was witnessed accidentally swallowing the one of the perky little insects memorialized in the event’s name. He later commented in jest that it tasted just like chicken.

The event raised money for a joint celebration of the Warren County Bicentennial hosted by the upcounty communities of Horicon and Chestertown.

All are invited to attend the North Warren Bicentennial Committee’s next fundraiser, an ice cream social to be held June 26, Father’s Day, at Dynamite Hill in Chestertown, beginning at 3 p.m.

For details on upcoming fundraising events, see: www.northwarren200.com

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