Spaghetti supper stirs community
by Paisley Boston
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Cold temperatures did not stop the community from taking part in the Cleveland Knight's of Columbus Annual Spaghetti Supper.

Members of the community sat patiently in line on Miss. Highway 8 to receive one of the most delicious spaghetti suppers in town.

"We have been using the same recipe for years — everything is homemade. The recipe has been around since the supper initially started," said KC member Michael Aguzzi.

According Aguzzi, this is an event that the community looks forward to every year.

"We typically prepare for about 2,500 people and we have over 100 volunteers that sell tickets," he said.

"We monitor those sales closely and we have been lucky to be able to have more than enough food — we even keep a vehicle close to the road in case we need to go out and purchase more food," added Aguzzi.

The Knights of Columbus have hosted this event for many years and it would not be possible without the help of volunteers.

"We could not do this without the volunteers. It takes a lot of volunteers to put on a supper of this size. We had people from 9 to 88 years old working to make this event a success," he said.

The KofC Hall was filled, wall to wall, with volunteers working together at different stations, stirring pots, cooking spaghetti and sharing funny stories as they prepped suppers.

"When it all comes together, it is truly a family fun event — we even have friends of families who come out and help," continued Aguzzi.

He said the drive-thru helped to expand the number of people that they were able to serve in a timely manner.

"We have been doing the drive-thru since 1997 and since we started the drive-thru we have expanded the number of individuals who actually come out and purchase plates," he added.

Aguzzi said the event had never encountered any major issues until the ice storm of 1994.

"The day that the ice storm hit in 1994, we had planned to host the supper that same day. We had already began to cook but the power went out and we ended up using the food that we had cooked for the fundraiser to feed the power crews that were in the area helping with the ice storm," said Aguzzi.

"We had to cook a second supper so that we could host the event the next day," he said.

"The weather has been a little harsh this year and we were kind of worried about having a repeat of 1994," he added.

Proceeds from the event are used to support local, state and national charities.

Aguzzi said that the Knights of Columbus always try to remain instrumental in supporting charities.

He also said he is very thankful for the support that the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department has rendered each year during the event.

"I want to thank the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department, they do a tremendous job of directing traffic each year," he added.

"They make sure that everything is safe and I think that they enjoy doing it — we really could not do it without the help of the sheriff department," he continued.