Apr. 7—A longstanding tradition is back. The 59th annual Veale Elementary Chili Supper normally takes place in the fall. Last year the popular event that serves as the only fundraiser for the rural elementary school was set to place as a drive through event but that didn't happen.
"We have had no chili supper last year. We had it all ready to go and then COVID numbers changes in our community and we had to postpone it," said Brittany Chestnut, a member of the school's PTO and one of the event organizers.
Now, the event will take place on April 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the school but it won't be the normal set up.
Chestnut said all orders must be placed in advance and soup will be picked up drive through style.
"Those wanting to order can do so online at https://forms.gle/P7GtP42jQ4UY4oHp6 or can call the school at 812-254-3968 to place an order," said Chestnut, adding orders will be collected through April 11.
Since the event started in 1961, the same soup recipe has been used. Prior to the pandemic, bowls of the locally famous soup are served on site and buckets are available to take home. The serving options will look a little different this year.
A 12 ounce bowl will cost $5 with quarts available for $15 and gallons for $25.
"We will ask for the name when someone pulls up and then we will bring out their order," said Chestnut, adding proceeds from the chili supper cover the cost of field trips, educational programs in the classrooms as well as staff and student needs.
Prior to the pandemic, around 1,000 people attended the traditional supper that featured a sit-down meal, games for youth, a gift basket raffle and more.
"If someone would like to make a donation, but doesn't want chili we have a PayPal account, Veale Elementary PTO, or we will be accepting them day of chili supper," said Chestnut.