Hundreds converge on Dunn for annual New Year's Day meal
Posted January 1
Dunn, N.C. — Hundreds of Harnett County residents converged on Dunn Friday as the city hosted its annual luncheon for the public – a free event that began in the 1970s.
The meal was originally just a few local farmers getting together to celebrate the new year. It has grown to a community celebration for as many as 500 people.
Travis Page helped grow and organize the event every year until his death in 2012. Today, family and friends continue the tradition in his honor.
"Travis was a good man. he was just friendly to everybody," said W.H. Daniels. "I'm sure he's looking down and he knows that everybody's here. They're still celebrating Travis."
The event is paid for by the Harnett Trading Company, which supplies fertilizer, farm chemicals, seed and sprayer parts to area farmers. Organizers say they keep holding the event as a way to give back to the community.
Friday's traditional New Year's Day fare included plenty of Southern delicacies, including:
- 100 pounds of barbecue
- 80 pounds of chitterlings
- 80 pounds of turnips
- 80 pounds of collard greens
- 50 pounds of black eyed peas
- 25 pounds of corn meal