PINNACLE — While the weather dampened the annual tractor show at the Rock House Ruritan Club, members are looking forward to another event soon that will bring the community together in celebration.
Hours of rain soaked the grass yard traditionally used to host the annual antique tractor, car and engine show behind the Rock House Ruritan building on N.C. 268 in Stokes County. Organizers decided to cancel the tractor show portion of the day, while still providing hot dogs to those who had purchased cow bingo tickets.
And rather than try to scoop a cow patty from the wet yard, the cow bingo was turned in a drawing instead.
Now the Ruritans are looking at plans for a new event — a 20th anniversary celebration of the club.
The event will be held Aug. 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ruritan building, five miles east of Pilot Mountain.
While the group has only had its own building for the past five years, it has been meeting and aiding the community since 1984.
“We got the building paid for last year, so we will do something to celebrate that,” said Don Bennett, treasurer for the club.
He said there will be finger foods around 2 p.m. and a time for fellowship. Then at about 2:45 p.m., there will be a program.
“We have some Ruritan National people coming and presenting a plaque for 20-year service,” he said. “Then I’ll do a history of the club and we’ll have someone tell about the projects we have done in the community.”
Three charter members who are still active in the club — Bennett, Todd Gordon and R.J. Bennett — will be recognized during the program. Also, three people who signed the note when the club borrowed the money for the building will be honored.
“We have six people who passed away when they belonged to the Ruritan club, and we will recognized them. One of those helped get the club started, and his wife will be here,” said Bennett.
The club always is looking for members who want to help the community. It meets the first Thursday of each month.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.