PIQUA — Barbecue pulled pork will be the featured entrée at this year’s annual Piqua Rotary Club Election Day Dinner scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Upper Valley Career Center from 5-7 p.m. Co-chairs Jim McMaken and Kelly Meckstroth predict a “strong turnout” as Rotarians cater to the palates of community residents who repeatedly support this popular event.

“Pulled pork has picked up steam as a ‘crowd favorite’ in the world of barbecue,” McMaken said. “As in the past four years, we are using Hickory River BBQ, Tipp City, to prepare the meals. Their pulled pork is an award-winner.”

As election results are tabulated, Piqua voters and their families are encouraged to support the Rotary fundraiser which is served by local Rotarians at UVCC. According to McMaken, each dinner consists of pulled pork, two side dishes, dessert, roll and beverage. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any Piqua Rotary Club member or from Readmore’s Hallmark in Piqua for $10 per person. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $10. Carry-out is an available option.

Rotarian vice president Stephanie Gunter is chairing the raffle of several large baskets. One of the baskets being raffled off is a “lottery tree” filled with lottery tickets. “We are expecting this will be a popular basket,” McMaken noted. “In addition, we will also have a Piqua-themed basket showcasing items from many Piqua establishments.”

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the door. Winners need not be present to win.

Once again, a corporate lunch option is being offered Nov. 7, with boxed lunches featuring the pulled pork, available to local businesses for their employees between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. McMaken said The Salvation Army is providing Rotary with gym space to assemble lunches which, in turn, will be delivered to businesses that place an order of five or more lunches in advance. McMaken emphasized lunches must be ordered beforehand; order forms are available at the YMCA in Piqua.

Proceeds from the Rotary dinner are used to help support scholarships for local students throughout the year in addition to the Piqua City Schools kindergarten reading program and Miami County Dental Clinic when children receive free toothbrushes and toothpaste.

“The Piqua Rotary Club has traditionally hosted this dinner on Election Day as a key source of its ability to give back to the community,” McMaken explained. “The food and fellowship, along with the baskets to be raffled, make this event a popular tradition.

“Without this important fundraiser, we would be limited in our ability to financially assist others. We thank everyone for supporting us in the past and hope you will join us for a great meal in support of the Piqua community.”