George Barber in studio, February 8, 2018
George Barber, member of the Knights of Columbus and local VFW, was in studio Thursday morning to talk to WPKY about some upcoming fundraisers for both organizations.
George first told listeners about the upcoming First Annual VFW Chili Cook Off on Saturday, February 24th at the VFW, located at 121 East Main Street in Princeton. The competition is open to all area community members who think they have the best chili. If you’re interested all you need to do is bring a pot of chili to the VFW on February 24th between 3 and 4:30PM. The taste testing and judging will take place between 4 and 5:30PM. Anyone interested in testing the chili will receive a small bowl for $2.50 and will be able to taste test every chili there. Interested participants will also be able to purchase bowls of their favorite chili for $5 a bowl. All of the proceeds raised will go to the VFW. The person with the best chili will be presented with a $50 gift card and a plaque with their name will be hung in the VFW. George also said that Johnny Potash will be providing live music after the tasting, starting at 6PM.
George then mentioned that the VFW is looking for volunteers to drive their VFW Van, which helps transport veterans to VA hospitals and clinics when they can’t get there themselves. Volunteers will be on rotational call list and will be able to decline driving if they are unavailable. The VFW provides the van, gas, and if needed, a $20 lunch stipend. The VFW currently only has one volunteer van driver and has had to decline veterans in need of rides. George stated that he hoped they could get more volunteers soon so they’ll never have to decline a veteran again.
George then told listeners that the Knights of Columbus Fish Fries will start back on Friday, February 16th and will go for the following six Fridays. Meals are $9 and include two fish fillets, hush puppies, and white beans. George did mention that they were looking to add more menu items this year as well. Meals can be picked up at the old school behind the St. Paul’s Catholic Church on South Jefferson Street in Princeton between 3:30 and 5:30PM. All orders of more than 5 meals need to be placed ahead of time by calling 270-625-0269. George noted that the fish fries are the Knight’s of Columbus’ biggest fundraiser and allows them to continue with their scholarship program and donate to various organizations around the area including Happy Feet, Coats for Kids, Bright Life Farms, and Caldwell County’s Special Olympics team.
You can catch the full interview with George Barber below.