On Monday April 21, I had an opportunity to attend the first of what I hope will be many Donkey Dinners. It was sponsored by the Union County Democratic Women and was held at the Union County Agriculture Center. The emcee was former Union County Sheriff Frank McGuirt. The man is a hoot.
Nancy Rorie and Wickey Elmo, co-chairs of the event and the committee organizers did an excellent job. The centerpieces were red and blue wooden donkeys tied up with balloons of red, white and blue. The food provided by Catering by Spiro was quite good and the entertainment - Bluegrass music by Charles Harris & Friends Bluegrass Band - was fun and festive.
The program offered candidates for local and statewide office an opportunity to speak to the group. Close to 20 candidate or their surrogates spoke. Actor Sean Astin spoke for Hillary Clinton. A surrogate also spoke for Barack Obama, but his name isn't listed in the program. They both did a great job. There's nothing like watching Frank McGuirt give Sean (Frank pronounced it Shane) Astin the hook. The Obama surrogate hung around afterward to sell bumper stickers and signs.