ENDICOTT – Endicott held their annual Lord’s Acre Day Festival on Saturday, and to no surprise, their popular homemade horseradish had sold out by 10:30 a.m.
Deb Sutton spoke with News Channel Nebraska about their famous sauce.
“It’s been passed on from generation to generation. We have several spots where we grow our horseradish every year and we set a date, and several people go out and dig it up. Then we set a date on a Saturday in the park here, and then they have to wash, peel it, grind it and mix it. It usually takes about six to eight hours to get it done, but it’s a group effort by everybody in the church.”
The day is filled with food, games, crafts and a parade. Sutton says for this year’s auction, community members were asked to try and refurbish old furniture to be sold. The challenge was heard and several re-purposed pieces were donated.
For the third year in a row, a wood carver from Belleville, Kansas came to entertain the crowd with his unique skill set. He donated his time and wood-crafted piece, at no cost to the church.
This was the festival’s 68th year according to Sutton, and over time, newer traditions have emerged.
“In the beginning, when it first started, the famers would donate a portion of their crops – their harvest to the church. That was their annual donation. Gradually, it has grown and changed. When I was a little girl – they’ve done the horseradish for years and years, but when I was a little girl, they used to have homemade donuts here at the church. Tons of ladies of the church that would be making donuts all morning long. Now we have a pancake breakfast in the morning instead.”
Sutton says the event serves as a reunion of sorts, bringing people back home to Endicott to visit.