Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 23, 2012

Big Spud Day comes to EC

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — The army about to invade Elmore City is more on the tasty side as a local church plans to give out free bags of potatoes this weekend.

Looking much like an invasion, the pretty big potato giveaway comes compliments of the First United Methodist Church in Elmore City.

It’s all set to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the church.

Pastor Brad Dery thinks the idea of giving out potatoes is a unique and fun kind of deal, along with being helpful to area residents.

“We’re picking up 2,000 pounds of potatoes on Thursday, and we plan to give them away this Saturday in a drive through kind of deal at the church,” Dery said.

“It should be a lot of fun. We’re calling it the great potato invasion,” he said.

All people have to do for a free 10-pound bag of the spuds is go to the church during the five-hour stretch on Saturday. The church is located just north of state Highway 29 and the four-way stop in the heart of Elmore City.

Best of all the free potato offer is open to anyone interested in coming by the church.

“This in not just for Elmore City but anyone,” Dery said. “It’s for anybody who would like to come by and pick up a bag.

“We’ll give out the free bags of potatoes and off they go. Free is free; there are no strings attached,” he said.

The EC pastor got the idea for an event like this one from a large Methodist church in Ardmore, which gives out 20,000 pounds of potatoes and sells the same amount.

Dery admits that total is way too much for here, but Saturday’s event is a good start.

“If we had 20,000 pounds of potatoes in Elmore City we might have enough potatoes for three years,” he said.

“I think we’ll start with 2,000 pounds and see how it goes.”

The big potato day event is among a handful of new programs getting started at the Elmore church as a way of just helping people out.

“We’re trying to do some new things at the church like a variety of new ministries,” Dery said.

“This is one additional way to help some people. It’s hard times, and there’s a lot of people who could use some help. We just want to give back to the community and show our appreciation.”