OSCODA – A school closing and a bit of snow didn’t keep residents from making their way out to the annual Souper Bowl Supper event to enjoy a hot bowl of soup, time with community and browse ceramic bowls created by Richardson Elementary School (RES) fifth grade students.
According to a number of Oscoda Lions Club members, the Souper Supper has taken place on a snow day eight out of the nine times the event has been put on and was even moved to a Saturday one year due to weather.
According to Lions Member Bill Gaines, 230 locals attended the annual event. Local residents lit up at the 300 different ceramic bowls to choose from and the 29 different soups available.
“The reduced attendance from previous years experience at Friday night’s event may have been caused by a combination of Friday’s school cancellation and families concerned with the health related school attendance experience which contributed to Friday’s decision to close the schools,” said Gaines.
With 29 different soups to choose from locals didn’t walk away hungry. Some classic soups served included pea soup, chicken noodle, broccoli and cheese, ham and potato, chili and clam chowder. Other unique and uncommon ones that were served included Russian cabbage, cauliflower cheese, chicken enchilada, beer cheese stuffed red pepper and spaghetti soup.
According to Gaines, the soups were prepared by 25 Lions Club members and four community volunteers. Additionally, four local businesses contributed materials for the event including Family Fare, Vinnie’s Hardware, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Roger’s Family Foods and Vista Lanes.
In addition to the many helpings of soup, guests could enjoy rolls, crackers, desserts and beverages to further enhance their meal. Guests were able to try as many different soups as they liked.
According to Gaines, the club raised $1,150 for local Lions activities before expenses. A primary expense for the event comes from purchasing the material RES students need to create the ceramic bowls.
He said that the money will go towards supporting the lions charitable activities including hunger fighting and monthly food giveaways sponsored by local churches.