The United Fund will kick off its 2015 campaign at the Library Theater on Friday, October 9th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The evening will include a classic Charlie Chaplin short feature and a potato peeling contest, which is new.
The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with music for children and adults, along with free food and drinks. At 5:30, the potato peeling contest gets underway. Awards will be given for the fastest peeler, the most efficient peeler and the peeler with the longest peeling.
Participants in the contest include Brian Ferry, who is widely known for taking on quirky challenges. Dean Wells, of Wells Hog Wild Bar-B-Q, may have an advantage because of his pit master knife knowledge, but he will be competing against Phyllis Wright, the beloved Extension Home Economist, and Josie Gerarde, a retired home economics teacher, who both boast renowned kitchen skills. Mike Holtz, the DPW Superintendent for the City of Warren, admits that he has never peeled a potato in his life. Annamarie Miller keeps her fingers limber with stem snipping at Virg-Ann Florists, and Gale Lindell is known for the Hatch Patch but also plays a mean trumpet, which requires great dexterity. In short, it is a wide-open field and all are invited to come cheer on these nimble-fingered contestants.
At 6:00 p.m., everyone will be invited into the Theater to hear a short presentation about the United Fund and then be treated to a classic cartoon, followed by Chaplin’s “The Kid.”