RANTOUL, Ill. — Food stands in the food court at the Half Century of Progress show will provide a selection of items, including some new options for 2019.
“A couple of board members requested cinnamon rolls, so the breakfast booth added cinnamon rolls to their menu this year,” said Debbie Deremiah, food coordinator for the Half Century of Progress show, set for Aug. 22-25.
“Another new food stand this year will be serving beef and noodles, chicken and noodles and cobbler,” Deremiah said.
“Lisa came to our show in 2017 and said she had something we might like, so this year she will be selling beef and noodles, which is totally different than our other food booths.”
Missions R Us will be serving breakfast at the show from 6 to 10 a.m. Deremiah and a friend have served breakfast at several of the shows.
“My friend and I decided we wanted to be more generous than our incomes allowed, so we decided to earn money to donate,” she explained.
“Since 2005, with the shows at Rantoul and the Historic Farm Days at Penfield, our total is $55,000, and we’ve given it all away,” Deremiah said. “The total was shocking to me.”
It addition to the food stands, Missions R Us also has raised money through garage sales, craft sales and selling pork sandwiches at a grocery store.
“We have given money to a prison ministry and to help after the tornado went through Gifford,” Deremiah said. “We winter in south Texas, so we have also helped a Christian College in south Texas.”
The breakfast booth will offer biscuits and gravy, sausage sandwiches and the haystack.
“A haystack has a biscuit on the bottom, tater tots, gravy over that, two eggs, two sausages, bacon bits, bacon-wrapped tater tots deep fried and cheese on top of all that,” Deremiah explained. “We created it and when it’s on the plate, it’s a thing of beauty.”
Two church groups will sell sandwiches at their food booths during the show.
“The churches use the money from their food sales for their operating expenses,” Deremiah said.
Food booths will be selling several different types of sandwiches, including pork chop, ribeye, pulled pork barbecue, hamburgers and deep fried cod.
“There will be seasoned French fries, ice cream and kettle corn,” Deremiah said.
Deremiah initially got involved with the show, held every two years, because her father had been a member of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club for many years.
“He got really involved with the show as it was being formed, so I decided that would be a great way to spend time with him,” she said about her dad, Kelly Birkey.
“I really enjoy working with the food vendors because they are a special kind of people,” she said. “I have a long waiting list of people who want to be at the show but the food vendors usually don’t leave.”