It’s all for the children

Annual Edgar County Shrine BBQ weekend ushers back in ‘normal’ life

Posted 6/7/21

“This pandemic has made us realize the amount of things we take for granted in life, not to mention life itself.”

—Anonymous

 

The Edgar County Shrine Weekend is June …

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It’s all for the children

Annual Edgar County Shrine BBQ weekend ushers back in ‘normal’ life

Posted

“This pandemic has made us realize the amount of things we take for granted in life, not to mention life itself.”

—Anonymous

 

The Edgar County Shrine Weekend is June 11-12 at the Edgar County Fairgrounds with the return of the barbecue, parade, truck and tractor pull as well as the popular demolition derby.

A year ago, what has become a traditional kickoff of summer in Edgar County included only a drive-thru barbecue. There was no parade or any other activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, the Shriners have put together a weekend for the entire family. Not only is it one of the first major county events, more importantly, the weekend’s proceeds are part of the major donation made every year by the Edgar County Shrine Club to the Shrine Children’s Hospital of St. Louis.

The Edgar County club has, for many years, been the largest contributor to the hospital. Even with the pandemic in 2020, the club still presented a check for $125,000. In total the club has donated more than $1 million in support of the hospital.

For those of us who were raised in Paris, we remember the barbecue being downtown under a huge tent. We remember the late Glenn Barr supervising the cooking. Shriners dug holes in the lawn of the Edgar County Courthouse. Then, as now, the event was all about raising funds for the St. Louis hospital.

We sometimes forget how many Edgar County children have been helped by the St. Louis hospital over the years — without cost. Shrine members drive the child and parents to and from the county to the hospital. Some of the best orthopedic doctors in the world work in Shrine hospitals and provide their expertise to help every child they treat.

We have taken so many things for granted in the past — including the fun and entertainment provided by the Shrine club. Like so many things we lost during the pandemic, next weekend’s event brings a since of normality to our county.

As we celebrate the annual weekend, let us be grateful for not only the work done by the Shriners, but that we are seeing a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.