2016-10-04 / Front Page

Beans bring booming crowd to Catract

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Hundreds of local residents and visitors from around the Hoosier State made their way into the quiet community of Catract Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the annual Catract Volunteer Fire Department’s Bean Dinner Festival. Catract Volunteer Firefighters Jim Oliver and Clint Galloway stir a large cast iron kettle of beans over an open flame Saturday morning. The bean dinner has grown from a fire department fund raising event, to a community festival. (Staff Photo by Michael Stanley) Hundreds of local residents and visitors from around the Hoosier State made their way into the quiet community of Catract Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the annual Catract Volunteer Fire Department’s Bean Dinner Festival. Catract Volunteer Firefighters Jim Oliver and Clint Galloway stir a large cast iron kettle of beans over an open flame Saturday morning. The bean dinner has grown from a fire department fund raising event, to a community festival. (Staff Photo by Michael Stanley) While some were hungry for beans, others were drawn to the smell of freshly fried fish filets Saturday and Sunday outside of the old Cataract Schoolhouse.

The Cataract Lake Area Crime Watch’s annual fish fry served up filets and fixings to more than 120 on Saturday. All proceeds generated from the volunteer feeding frenzy will be spent on continued efforts to support local security efforts of citizens in Jackson, Jennings and Taylor townships. Funds will be used to purchase items such as game cameras and pay for personal protection classes among other items.

The group will also use funds to support Owen County law enforcement efforts through training and equipment needs for various departments.

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