Nearly 300 people filled the Presque Isle Elks Lodge on Main Street in Presque Isle on Christmas Day in order to participate in the eleventh annual Elks Family Christmas Dinner.

Presque Isle Elks
Presque Isle Elks

According to Elks Exalted Ruler Alan Harding, dinner guests began arriving early in order to be assured of a favorite seat for the dinner, and guests continued to stream in until the Elks Lodge was overflowing.  Even after additional tables and chairs were set up, guests patiently stood in line for a brief time as they waited for seats to become available.

According to David Caron, Sr., and Dana Dickinson, co-chairs of this event, the Elks served 240 cups of tomato bisque soup from the Northeastland Hotel, 240 dinner rolls from Governor’s, 150 pounds of turkey donated by McCain Foods., 70 pounds of ham, 80 pounds of mashed potatoes from Pineland Farms., 30 pounds of squash, 20 pounds of buttered carrots, 45 pounds of stuffing, and 34 assorted pies from Governor’s and Star City IGA.

In addition to dinner guests arriving in record numbers, so did volunteer dinner staff.  Many area residents who were not members of the Elks Lodge attended the Christmas Dinner in order to assist the Elks who were working at this event.


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