Last Friday night, Unity Baptist Church served another 1,000 dishes of its popular “open-face” taco suppers, even as other events, like the FFA Spring Hill rodeo, were also happening.

Last Friday night, Unity Baptist Church served another 1,000 dishes of its popular “open-face” taco suppers, even as other events, like the FFA Spring Hill rodeo, were also happening.
Vicki Barker, who has presided over the event for over 20 years, said “This year, has been very good, and there’s been a lot going on tonight. Really, we’ve had a lot of the parents step up for us this year since some of the kids had other obligations.”
Barker added that a group of parents always prepare the food, but this year, they also worked the gate for the dine-in eaters, and the drive-thru for the take-outs.
Brother Jay Pollan, last year’s Chamber Citizen of the Year, spent part of his night at the drive-thru, working the fundraiser for the church’s youth ministry.
Barker said that one difference this year was the revival of a salsa mix, once made locally famous by Tommy Smith.
“It was some of the best homemade salsa around; we found the recipe and were able to reintroduce it this year,” she said.
As before, Barker said the dinner servings Friday night divided up roughly between 400 take-outs and 600 dine-ins.
“We are positioned more as a dinner event, instead of a lunch; many of our people stop by after work and have supper with us. Plus we had good weather Friday,” she said.
Barker said the event has continued to hold its own as a community tradition and it has always been very well supported.
“The whole community buys tickets from our youth and participates as far as coming to eat. The funds go to support the kids on summer mission trips and monthly outreach programs, and the kids at the church get the opportunity to serve the community,” she said.