VFW Post #6628 will pull out their big black kettles this weekend for the 75th annual Panama Mulligan, beginning at noon on Sunday, Sept. 5.
The stew is simmered over an open flame and will be available to eat at the VFW inside or outside under the pavilion.
Visitors who bring a pot or container from home can purchase extra mulligan to take with them. The Panama Playground Committee will also be serving pork patties throughout the day.
The event also features a cake walk, raffles and 50/50 drawing. Make sure to stick around to catch a live performance by The Strugglers from 7 to 11 p.m.
The annual fundraiser was begun 70 years ago by Frank Motyka, John “Mush” Malisia and Raymond “Fuzzy” Coleman.
Preparation for the Sunday celebrations begin on Saturday morning when a crew of about two dozen volunteers clean and chop vegetables. At about 10 p.m. on Saturday night, the crew of cooks come in to start the fires.
Beef bones are first boiled all night and by day break, it’s time to add the vegetables. The mulligan is cooked in 35-gallon kettles over open flames.