Weather, cancellations lead to Loafer’s Week delay

Attendees of Auxvasse Loafer’s Week visit and enjoy fried chicken prepared by the Fulton Masonic Lodge in February 2013. Traditionally held the week of President’s Day, Loafer’s Week will take place this year during the last week of March.

Attendees of Auxvasse Loafer’s Week visit and enjoy fried chicken prepared by the Fulton Masonic Lodge in February 2013. Traditionally held the week of President’s Day, Loafer’s Week will take place this year during the last week of March.

— A longstanding winter tradition is being moved a little closer to spring in hopes it will draw more participation.

Loafer’s Week, for 53 years held the week of President’s Day, this year will take place the last week of March.

A post on the Auxvasse Community Hall facebook page attributes the change to weather causing difficulties in getting the annual fundraiser coordinated.

Community Hall board member Dianna Huls echoed that explanation Wednesday.

“With the weather and a lot of other things going on, we had a bunch of organizations cancel, and the community hall was having trouble getting help, so we moved it,” Huls said.

Auxvasse Loafer’s Week was started by Homer Norris and Ernest Slater in 1960 to give area farmers a chance to come together and socialize during their least busy time of year. A different Callaway County service organization would put on the meal for the day — and would receive the proceeds — with attendees often staying afterward to visit, play cards and eat peanuts.

Numbers have dwindled a bit over the past several years, but Huls said Loafer’s Week continues to draw visitors from near and far.

“It’s still important because of the tradition,” she said. “The Red Hat Ladies always like to come up, and people just come to see friends they maybe haven’t seen since last year.”

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