Dyngus Day draws a crowd

A crowd satisfied their hunger at the Knights of Columbus' Dyngus Day celebration.

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Hundreds of hungry people turned up at the Knights of Columbus at 112 E. Lexington on Monday, April 1, to celebrate Dyngus Day with a traditional Polish meal.

At the start of the dinner rush around 5:15 p.m., event chairman Scott Chris said he was running out of food.

“We’ve been very busy,” he said. “We’re running out of food and had to send someone out to get more.”

Chris estimated about 450 people had come through the line since the doors opened at 11 a.m.

“We had 400 pounds of sausage to start, but when we run out of that we’re done,” he said.

Former Grand Knight Steve Riikonen said the most popular menu item was the full dinner, which included a sausage, cabbage, noodles, pierogi and a pickled egg for $8.

All of the proceeds from Monday’s event will go to the 25 charities the organization supports.

Riikonen said the organization donates more than $30,000 each year to local charities.

This was the 33rd year the Knights of Columbus have served a Dyngus Day feast.

Dyngus Day is celebrated in small pockets of the United States with the largest celebrations in South Bend and Buffalo, N.Y.

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