The 2016 Poultry Days Festival begins today and gets into full swing by 3:30 p.m. when both drive-thru and walk-thru barbecue chicken lines open, as well as the social tent. Every year chicken dinners sell out before 7:30 p.m., so come early. Saturday chicken dinners begin at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Of course, there is more than chicken offered at the festival. There are cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pizza and pies. There is always the lemonade shakes, ice cream, elephant ears, French fries, etc. But one of the biggest draws to the weekend is in the social tent where there is always live music, domestic beer and even craft beer.
Personally I don’t like the taste of beer, but after my research it wouldn’t hurt for me to acquire the taste. Did you know beer is all natural? Beer doesn’t need preservatives because it has alcohol and hops, which are natural preservatives. Beer is cooked, fermented, filtered, packaged and natural. It’s actually safer than drinking water, because beer is boiled in the brewing process. Even if it does go bad there are no life-threatening bacteria that can live in beer.
Beer is low in calories, carbohydrates and has no fat or cholesterol. In fact, beer can actually improve the cholesterol in your body. It’s true, drinking beer regularly and moderately will create a more favorable balance in your HDL/LDL cholesterol ratios. According to some studies, as little as one beer a day can boost your HDL by up to 4 percent.
Beer also fights inflammation, aids in digestion, builds bones, prevents kidney stones, has been found to lower the risk of heart disease by 25 percent, deters tooth decay and gum disease, protects brain cells and may prevent some cancers.
Lots of ingredients found in beer have shown promise in preventing or even treating cancer when tested in rodents. One type of bitter acid, lupulone wiped out tumors in rats with colon cancer. Another ingredient, Xanthohumol (a flavonoid from hops) was found to shrink liver tumors, shut down abnormal cell growth and prevented DNA damage in rats exposed to cancer-causing chemicals.
Beer is a good source of heart healthy B vitamins and can even benefit people who have already had heart disease. Harvard researchers reported that men who had survived a heart attack were nearly half as likely to die over the next 20 years if they drank a couple of beers daily.
Finally beer can boost your metabolism, reduce your risk of clogged arteries, prevent fat absorption and improve your disposition. All these claims have reputable studies but of course moderation is the key in all things and beer is no exception.
Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Breakfast for local military servicemen/women and veterans at Johns IGA. In the event of inclement weather breakfast will be held at the Versailles Vets Club on the corner of South Center and West Wood streets.
Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming T&CP performances of “Nunsense:” June 23 at 7:30 p.m., June 24 at 7:30 p.m. and June 26 at 2 p.m.
Happy birthday to Ernie DeMange, Betty Davis, Tammy Poling, Dani Cochran, Ron Brunner, Connie Schrader, Rue Bowman, Bonnie Subler, Pam Spitzer, Naomi Gallagher, Nancy Broering, Rosie Baltes, Sharon Wampler, Bonita Swallow, Rachel Glass, Summer Condon, Jane Meier, Ron Mescher, Darla Facemyer, Tony Streib, Vicki Cost, Angie Zimmerman, Pete Fullenkamp, Beth Simons, Marjorie Bruey, Angie Barlage, Sheila Voisard, Kelsey Crandall, Paul Shimp, Mike Rhoades, and Allison Reed as their birthdays approach. Anniversary wishes to Kelsey and Storm Davis (2), Janelle and Keith Koverman (4), Mallory and Daniel Tinch (5), Angela and Ryan Bergman (12), Sandy and Aaron Bergman (13), Erin and Matt Rismiller (16), Christy and Mike Prakel (26), Michelle and Larry Reed (26), Sandy and Gary Pierron (29), Hazel and Michael Franklin (35), Loretta and Viro Rosenbeck (41), Pat and Bud Wright (43), Sharon and Keith Fourman (47), Mary Jo and Bob Nixon (52), Barb and Marvin Goubeaux (66), and Lois and James Youngker (70).
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Jack Borgerding, Jerry Paulus, Dave Flatter, Bev Holsapple, Norma Raterman, Rita Glick, Noah Evans, Lois and Jim Youngker, Linda Wilson, Adam Schwieterman, Kevin McCoy, Judy York, Delores Williams, Sam Yagle, Lexi Fliehman, Jan Turner, Barb Goubeaux, David Zumberger, Brian Voisard, Cyril Frantz, Dave Francis, Ann Paulus Pedersen, Dan Monnin, John Davis, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith, Michelle Ullom, Bob Homan and all those who are sick, suffering, hospitalized, and/or homebound.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Felix “Junior” Simmons (92) and Betty Hess (96). Also remembering the lives of James Boeckman, Matthew Swallow, Lucille “Tillie” Virden, Leon Schultz, Dennis Berger, Michael Barhorst, Albert Grieshop, Richard Weiss, and Marlene Zumberger, Ed Yohey, Fr. Leonard Kistler, Urban Buschur, Bede Monnin, Richard Subler, Rita Bertke, Edna Martin, Larry Alexander, Bill Heft, Agnes Barton, Margaret Martino, Eleanor Couchot and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing.
“He was a wise man who invented beer.” ~ Plato
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” ~Benjamin Franklin
“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” ~Lyndon B. Johnson