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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Citizens request Eldorado Main Street dumplings after two year hiatus

  • Eldorado Main Street, a community improvement volunteer group, took a two year vacation from the chicken and dumplings business. This year they brought back the meal due to popular demand from their patrons.
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  • Those dumplings sell like hotcakes.
    Eldorado Main Street, a community improvement volunteer group, took a two year vacation from the chicken and dumplings business.
    This year they brought back the meal due to popular demand from their patrons.
    "Dumplings do not sell well in the summer months," said Beverly Watson, co-chair of the group's events committee. "But now that it is cooler we know they will do fine."
    At noon the turnout at Old City Hall in Eldorado was steady and encouraging to Watson.
    "This is our biggest money maker of the year," Watson said. "We make the actual dumplings a week in advance and freeze them. Then, the day before the dinner we debone the chicken and do the other preparations," she said.
    At 1 p.m the turnout was good and the business was brisk. Eldorado Fire Chief Mike McKInnies ate lunch with two friends. Most tables held groups of three.
    Watson has been a volunteer for 16 years and helped Eldorado Main Street fund new streetlights, planters and helped restore Old City Hall.
    "We spend a lot on utilities in this building," she said.
    Seventy-five members pay $10 per year to belong. Volunteers who are not paid members number around 150 said Watson.
    "We maintain the museum. Next month we will have our Christmas Tree Fest and Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then on Dec. 8 we will have a performance of our Christmas Choir at First Christian Church at 4 p.m."
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