Posted: Monday, July 5th 2010 at 2:11pm
Another Independence Day tradition in Gainesville
By Jerry Gunn Staff
Memorial Park owner Jack Frost expected over 6,000 people to come and eat bar-b-que pork and chicken
GAINESVILLE - There's another Fourth of July weekend tradition in Gainesville besides fireworks and cook outs; it's the annual Memorial Park Funeral Home bar-b-que to honor Public safety officers.
It was the 17th year for the big feeding on the grounds; Memorial Park owner Jack Frost expected over 6,000 people to come and eat bar-b-que pork and chicken in an event that's also popular with the public. Frost said he wanted to honor the people who protect the people.
Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic said he’s attended every year and it’s an event that offers good food and fellowship for his officers and their families. The Sheriff said so far, it’s been a busy but safe holiday weekend for his officers with no highway or lake fatalities.
Cooking all that bar-b-que can be a chore. Just ask Jerry Ward with Memorial Park Funeral Home who began cooking at dawn, but knows how. At 58 years old, he recalled he’s been cooking chicken on the grill since he was 14.
“We cooked about 800 pieces of chicken today,” Ward said. “We started about 6:00 this morning, that’s pretty much all I’ve done today.”
There was plenty of food and plenty of politicians seeking votes since this is an election year. Newly elected 9th District Congressman Tom Graves put in an appearance; so did Gainesville Republican Congressional candidate Lee Hawkins.
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