LADOGA — Soup lines will form at Old Normal School at 5 p.m. Saturday when the Ladoga-Clark Friends of the Library group sponsors its Ninth Annual Soup Supper.
Twenty to 25 different homemade soups will be available for tasting at what has become the largest fundraiser of the year for the auxiliary group.
The Friends of the Library is active all year long raising funds for Ladoga library projects. Recently the group paid to have the library’s carpet cleaned, repaired the microfilm machine and purchased children’s computers and musical instruments.
Ladoga Library Director Wanda Bennett said the group’s fundraising efforts are appreciated and important. The group gets ideas of needs from Bennett, who provides them with her “wish list.”
“The Friends of the Library do a lot of good things for us,” Bennett said. “They help in a lot of ways to provide money for things we could not buy with our budget.”
Bennett said attendees will be able to taste many of the soups. Each soup will be labeled and have tasting cups so people can enjoy several different soup samples.
“The cups are a good idea just so anyone who comes can taste several of the different soups,” Bennett said. “Most of the people will try several soups and that helps make it a fun evening.”
There will be traditional soups, such as vegetable, chili and bean, but Bennett said there also will be some unusual soups from year-to-year.
“I think the unusual soup last year was pumpkin,” Bennett recalled. “Also, there was a dessert fruit soup that was very good.”
The menu also includes French bread, crackers, homemade desserts and a drink.
Bennett said the event has grown in popularity.
“People look forward to this event and it is always well attended,” Bennett said. “People will come and set around and talk and enjoy the food and fellowship.”
The price for the event is a free-will donation. Children’s meals as well as carry-out also are available. There is an elevator available in the building for those who do not want to climb stairs to the banquet hall on the second floor.
Organizers do not put an ending time on the event because it depends on how long the soups last.
“People need to get there early to get to taste the best soups,” Bennett said. “We will serve until the food runs out.”
Attendees also can purchase raffle tickets to win one of three unique bird houses crafted by a Montgomery County Woodworker.
Bennett thanked event organizers Carrie Marquez and Karen Craig for their hard work.