Feast your eyes on tradition

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If Sequim had a record book, Trinity United Methodist Church would be in it.

Church members have pulled together to bring Sequim another Harvest Dinner for the 118th year in a row.

"It's a remarkable success," said the Rev. Bill Gordon.

"It spans before the 20th century, survived the Depression and has still been a mainstay in our community."

The dinner is the longest running organized event in Sequim, four years longer than Sequim's Irrigation Festival, which celebrated its 114th year this year.

"It's a wonderful, friendly community event," co-organizer Helen Rice said.

"I feel good to be a part of this because it's God's work."

The event began with locals bringing homegrown food to a community fair called the Harvest Home where they watched horse races and socialized.

Over the years, stores have donated food for the event because ticket sales benefit local charities. Gordon said the event's focus always has been for the community; proceeds go right back to it in some capacity.

The event caters an average of 300 meals with about one-fourth of attendees not members of the church.

This year's menu will offer Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cole slaw, rolls, refreshments and dessert.

All food is homecooked.

Gordon, who likes to cook at home, said, "The Swiss steak is some of the best I've had."

He and other church members will serve the meal while members of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers will play.

"It's fun to greet people and treat them like they've come to a fine restaurant," he said.

"It's our way of expressing our faith and thanking God for our blessings."

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