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For 40 years, the Oktoc Community has come together for a special day of food, music and serious visiting, and Saturday will be no exception.
The 40th Annual â€śFall Day in the Countryâ€ť will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Oktoc Community Clubhouse grounds. The Clubhouse is located nine miles south of Starkville on Oktoc Road.
Sponsored each year by the Oktoc Garden Club, the annual â€śFall Day in the Countryâ€ť is an opportunity to â€śshare in the community spirit of Oktoc,â€ť said Robin Pigg, one of the organizers for the event.
â€śPeople love to come out on a nice sunny fall day, enjoy the good stew and fellowship, purchase some homemade bakery items and just relive a little of the past,â€ť Pigg said.
Sallie Whiteside, president of the Oktoc Garden Club, said they are happy to announce several new items for this yearâ€™s Oktoc Country Store.
â€śWe will have a table of Christmas items â€” used but in good condition, Whiteside said. â€śWe are also selling frozen casseroles, including corn bread dressing, sweet potato casserole, a sausage breakfast casserole and squash casserole.â€ť
The frozen casseroles will be served as part of the Country Kitch Bakery, which is always a delicious part of the Country Store. The Country kitchen will also feature homemade pies, cakes, cookies, rolls, and breads.
As always, this yearâ€™s Oktoc Country Store will include Brunswick stew lunches and bulk stew, homemade country kitchen bakery items and prepared casseroles, local musical talents, Grandmaâ€™s Attic, a handmade quilt raffle, Farmerâ€™s Market featuring local produce.
Brunswick Stew lunches will be sold beginning at 11 a.m. and sold in bulk beginning at noon.
The homemade Brunswick Stew is served by the bowl with crackers and tea, and guests are invited to sit outside with friends and neighbors on picnic tables to enjoy the dayâ€™s lunch.
Stew can also be purchased in bulk by the quart or gallon.
Pigg said the main cooks/supervisors are Jason Pigg and Bill Polk who continue to outdo themselves. She said the â€śPigg and Polkâ€ť team are renowned for their BBQ cooking of pork shoulders, chicken and ribs in Starkville and the Oktoc area. Pigg said they are the previous winners of the Super Bulldog Weekend shoulder division, with nine consecutive wins.
â€śThey are best friends who really enjoy cooking as their hobby and love to help others out,â€ť Pigg said.
The Country Store is also a time for the men of the community come together to â€śstir stewâ€ť and catch up on whatâ€™s happening. â€śStew stirringâ€ť will begin Friday night and will be an all-night event to be ready to serve Saturday morning.
To leave the Oktoc Country Store hungry is to miss the point. A snack table will also be provided selling sandwiches and other treats.
Whiteside said the drawing for the quilt will be held as in the pas, with tickets available for $1 each until the time of the drawing. She said this yearâ€™s quilt is â€śvery beautiful.â€ť
Advance tickets may be purchased from a member of the Oktoc Garden Club.
The Christmas items will be part of â€śGrandmaâ€™s Atticâ€ť which will also feature crafts and other treasures.
Then, the Farmerâ€™s Market will feature produce from the field, trees and garden, as well as canned jellies and jams.
Money raised at this yearâ€™s event will benefit local charities, including Oktoc Fire Dept., Helping Hands, Heart to Heart Hospice, Gideons, Starkville Academy and others.
For more information about this yearâ€™s Oktoc Country Store, contact Pigg at firstname.lastname@example.org.