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The community favorite event is Saturday, Nov. 3, and organizers suggest 'arriving early' to purchase tickets.

COURTESY PHOTO: VISITATION CATHOLIC CHURCH - More than 8,000 dinners sold at 2017's Verboort Sausage Dinner and is projected to be similar this year, with more than 15 tons of sausage being prepared to sell. Family and friends can get together for a sit-down meal in anticipation for Thanksgiving this year with the 84th annual Verboort Sausage Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The tradition, always on the first Saturday in November, is the main event for Verboort, the rural Dutch community inside Forest Grove.

Held at the Visitation Catholic Church, the community favorite is made possible by more than 800 volunteers.

The dinner at 4285 N.W. Visitation Road promises traditional sauerkraut, applesauce and sausages made from recipes handed down for generations.

Matthew Crosby, the dinner's chairman, advises people to "come early to buy your tickets."

Proceeds from the dinner go toward supporting the Visitation Catholic School.

Not only is a meal up for purchase, but the church sells bulk options as well for visitors to take home. Bulk food can start being purchased at 9 a.m., and dinner tickets will be sold beginning at 10 a.m.

While dinner ticket numbers are called out on campus, visitors can visit booths and be involved in activities while they wait.

The beer garden will serve Rolling Rock and Hefeweizen and runs from noon to 9 p.m.

It is worth spending the Saturday eating and visiting with each other and "seeing the community work for a common goal," Crosby said.

"We have people who have come to the event for year after year and want to give back, so they volunteer," Crosby said.

The tradition began in 1934 with about 150 dinners sold, growing exponentially over the years. Last year sold about 8,000 meals, Crosby said.

"I think it is unique because the community of Verboort (is) watching everyone coming together," he said. "We are unique because my father-in-law works it, me and my wife work it, and now our kids are beginning to work it, so there are three generations right there."

For more information about the dinner, visit the church's dinner page at verboort.org/dinner.


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