Another record-setting BBQ for Lions and Boy Scouts

FORT KENT, Maine — Seemingly an unfailing team, the Fort Kent Lion’s Club and Boy Scout Troop 189 sold out 1,000 tickets ahead of their annual chicken barbecue fundraiser, which took place on Thursday at the Lion’s Pavilion at Riverside Park.

Boy Scotu Troop 189 members sold 1,000 tickets for the Lion’s Club Boy Scout Chicken BBQ held in Fort Kent on Thursday, Aug. 10.
(Jessica Potila)

This tops the Lions’ and Scouts’ own record for barbecue ticket sales of 900 last year. All profits benefit Troop 189.

The meals, at $10 apiece, included chicken cooked on a giant charcoal grill and slathered with barbecue sauce, crispy corn on the cob, a tinfoil cooked baked potato, cole slaw and strawberry shortcake on a homemade biscuit. The Lion’s Club prepares the food and the Scouts serve it up to customers who were able to pick up their orders straight from their vehicles in one of several take-out lanes at the park or to eat their meals on picnic tables under the pavilion.

A Boy Scout hauls a box of buns during the Lion’s Club Boy Scout Chicken BBQ in Fort Kent on Thursday, Aug. 10.
(Jessica Potila)

Dakota Bouchard and Max Bois, both sixth-graders and members of Troop 189 helped out during the event.

“I was working with the potatoes and buns and sodas,” Bouchard said.

“It’s hectic, but fun,” added Bois. “I like helping out with the town and the community.”

Scoutmaster Lee Theriault helped organize the fundraiser. Conventional wisdom applies to having the Scouts volunteer at the barbecue, according to Theriault.

Two dogs stick their noses out of their owners truck to sniff up the scent of chicken in the take-out lane of the annual Lion’s Club Boy Scout Chicken BBQ on Thursday, Aug. 10 in Fort Kent.
(Jessica Potila)

“It’s good for them to work for what their earning so they can appreciate what they have a little bit more,” he said.

Theriault also shared his thoughts on why the barbecue is more successful with each passing year.

“I think the Scouts do a really good job selling tickets, the Lion’s Club does a good job cooking the chicken, and it’s a good value meal,” he said.

Theriault would like to thank members of the Ashland Boy Scout Troop for helping out at the barbecue this year, the Lion’s Club for preparing the food, Troop 189 members and their parents and families, and everyone else who volunteered time to make the fundraiser a success.

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