Visitors from across the area came to support the 13th Annual Blackwater Progressive Dinner on Tuesday. Greeted with almost perfect weather, the hundred-plus participants walked around the town to enjoy what would become a full meal by the end of the event.

Visitors from across the area came to support the 13th Annual Blackwater Progressive Dinner on Tuesday. Greeted with almost perfect weather, the hundred-plus participants walked around the town to enjoy what would become a full meal by the end of the event.
The reason for this fundraiser stems from the promotion of the town. According to Julie Schupp of Citizens Community Bank (who is a main sponsor of the event), the proceeds will fund billboards and promotional material to get people into the town.
“I feel this is a really great event and the bank is very pleased to be a part of this,” Schupp said.
Country Cuisine prepared the appetizers for the day.
“We had Egyptian sliders, fruit and vegetables, roll-ups. This is the fifth or sixth year we have been doing this,” Elaine Gramlich said.
After finishing up the appetizers, the group ate the salad portion of the meal at Maryann Schuster Insurance.
“We have come every year and we look forward to it. Not only is there good food, but we see people that we have not seen since the year previously,” Arrow Rock resident Mary Burge said.
A quick walk down to the north side of town to the Iron Horse Hotel allowed the participants to enjoy their main course in the 1800’s period style hotel. Waiters and hotel personal were all dressed in period attire, which added to the distinct atmosphere.
A hot air balloon was scheduled to be at the dinner, but high winds would not allow the balloon to arrive in the town.