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Historical Jonesboro's BBQ fund-raiser going indoors

After years of hit-or-miss with the weather, while holding an outdoor barbecue fund-raiser, the local historical society has announced it is taking the event indoors this year.

Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., President Barbara Emert said the event will be held on Saturday, from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the Jonesboro Firehouse Museum Community Center, at 103 West Mill St., in Jonesboro.

Past experiences with the weather, while holding the fund-raiser outdoors, led to the group's moving it to an indoors location, she said.

Tickets for the fund-raiser will cost $6 per person.

"We felt like it [the firehouse museum] was a good place to hold the event," she said. "They already have the tables and the chairs set up for us, and we just didn't have to worry about the weather this way."

Emert also said the decision to hold the event indoors is already producing positive results. She said that because of the weather in the past, the number of people who would attend the fund-raiser outdoors was difficult to predict. Some years, when the weather was nice, the group would attract 300 or more people, and not have space for everyone, she said. Last year, when it rained during the event, approximately 100 people showed up, and many of them just got "To Go" boxes.

This year looks to have a much bigger crowd, she said. "We've sold over 200 tickets already," she added.

Other than the change in location, everything else about the event will be the same as it has been in the past, she said.

Former Clayton County Sheriff Bill Lemacks will be cooking the barbecue, Emert said, and the menu will consist of barbecue, Brunswick stew, cole slaw, pickles, bread and tea, or lemonade.

In addition to dinner, Emert said there will also be a dessert auction. She also said the group wants to remind people that Thursday is the deadline to buy a brick paver that will be placed in the City of Jonesboro's Streetscape Project. "We have to fax the order to the company that is making the bricks, by noon on Friday," she said.

The bricks cost $35 each, and people get to have a message placed on each brick. The message length is three lines, with 18 spaces per line, Emert said. The sale of the bricks, like the barbecue, is a fund-raiser for the historical society.

For more information about the barbecue, or the bricks, call (770) 473-0197. To buy a barbecue ticket, or a brick, go to Stately Oaks Plantation, which is located at 100 Carriage Lane, in Jonesboro.