The 26th Annual Community Ground Hog Dinner will be held on Ground Hog Day, Friday, February 2, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as part of the church’s community outreach. Over the past 25 years, more than $50,000 has been raised and distributed to local community agencies and schools from the profits made on the dinner.

Just over the past five years, the dinner has raised and distributed a total of nearly $20,000.

This year the Ground Hog Dinner will be sharing profits with The Salvation Army Boys/Girls Club.

Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 10, and will be available at the door. Serving times are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church is located at 1625 N. Broadway.

The meal consists of ground pork patties (ground hog), mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, applesauce, green beans, roll, drink, and dessert.

Carry-out meals are available with those wanting carry-out encouraged to call ahead to 275-1525 to reduce wait time.

“One of the great things about the Ground Hog Dinner is that it brings together a large cross-section of our community for a good cause, and a lot of old acquaintances are renewed and a lot of visiting takes place,” Pastor Ray Belford said.

The co-chairs for this year’s dinner are Mary Ann Luman and Gaye Shepherd.

The Slaw Sweeties (women and men) will be getting together on Tuesday, January 30, for a day of making the famous Ground Hog Dinner coleslaw. Other members of the church have been baking pies, and others will be in early Friday morning to begin cooking the pork patties which have been purchased from Ralph’s Packing Company in Perkins, OK, and preparing the rest of the meal.