Methodist church Election Night Dinner sees high turn-out

Ruth Bowlin selects her dessert at the 74th annual Election Night Dinner at the De Soto Methodist church. "I've been coming to these dinners since 1982," Bowlin said. "I used to help cook but now I just come for the food after I vote."

Ruth Bowlin selects her dessert at the 74th annual Election Night Dinner at the De Soto Methodist church. "I've been coming to these dinners since 1982," Bowlin said. "I used to help cook but now I just come for the food after I vote." by Laura Herring

The De Soto Methodist church's 74th annual Election Night Dinner saw approximately 150 diners on Tuesday, Nov. 2. "It's wonderful, the turn-out is almost overwhelming," said event volunteer Charlotte Whim. "We've had a hard time keep up with all the needs at the tables."

The Methodist church has been hosting the Election Night Dinner since 1936 and is a beloved tradition to many.

"I've been coming to these dinners since 1982," said attendee Ruth Bowlin, 87. "I used to help cook but now I just come for the food, but of course I get out and vote first."

Organizers of the event said Tuesday's attendance was much higher than it has been in recent years.

"Maybe we just did a better job publicizing this year, maybe it's a sign the economy is starting to turn around, I'm not sure," Whim said. "It's just been a busy night and now we're almost out of pies and it's wonderful."

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