Weather, economy drop Loafer’s Week attendance

Walking into the Auxvasse Community Hall Saturday morning, you’d hardly know it was the all-you-can-eat pancake day of Loafer’s Week at all.


David Gilman sweeps up the discarded peanut shells as the Auxvasse Community Hall Association and the Auxvasse Lions Club close up early after an unceremonious end to Loafer's Week Saturday. Though the heavy snowfall did not help attendance, officials said Loafer's Week was lagging throughout the week this year.

As the last few stragglers left around 11 a.m., it was time for the Auxvasse Community Hall Association to pack up tables and chairs, put away food, sweep up peanut shells and take down menus and signage about the event hanging up around the hall — all about two hours before the official close to the final day of the 53rd annual event.

Community Hall Association board member Jackie Burton said the big snowstorm on Thursday didn’t help matters. Though the Community Hall served its popular turkey and dressing dinner to a meager crowd as Winter Storm Q raged outside, the Sandlot Sluggers baseball team canceled their Friday fish fry altogether.

“I think (the snow) is probably part of it,” said Burton. “But the first part of the week, there was a fair crowd, I’ll say that, so I don’t really know. I noticed they (the Fulton Masonic Lodge) had quite a bit of fried chicken left over Tuesday.”

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