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St. Patrick's Day open house a success

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Guests came dressed in green, with empty stomachs, to the Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce's annual St. Patrick's Day Open House.

Chamber President Melanie Minter said the event offered foods from over 25 local eateries and businesses, including: Tom's Blue Moon BBQ, Crystal Elegance, David's Pizza, Publix, Kroger, Coach's Eastgate Grill, Whitt's, Chik-Fil-A, Zaxby's, UMC Cafeteria, Dicicco's Pizza, HoneyBaked Ham, Elmcroft of Lebanon, Sammy B's at The Mill, Walker Creek Toffee, The Southern Kitchen, Michael's Café, White Castle, O'Charley's, Jordan's Catering, Sunset, Minutemen Express and Demos'.

"It takes several days to plan, but this allows us to highlight all the businesses in town that are Chamber members. We just want to thank them. This is our way of giving back to the community," Minter said.

Former Chamber President Sue Vanatta, who retired at the end of 2014, said she was enjoying eating - and not organizing the event. "It has just been wonderful. I knew it would not rain on (Melanie's) event," she said.

In past years, Vanatta commented that the Chamber has served over 400 people on St. Patrick's Day - although typically they served around 300. "It is something that the Chamber does that everyone looks forward to," she said. "Who doesn't love free food?"

Andrea Wilke, Chamber vice president of operations, said setup for the lunch was done the night before and that they were up bright and early for final preparations on Tuesday.

Guest Betty Fleming was pleased with the spread and noted that the chicken salad from Jordan's Catering was her favorite of the many, many dishes.

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