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Popular 'stuffer' to still offer sausage

Sausage shown at last year's McDowell Stuffer in Livingston County.

PONTIAC – Those craving fresh pancakes from the McDowell Methodist Church pancake and sausage stuffer will have to wait until 2022, although sausage can still be purchased.

Like many events, the traditional “stuffer” cannot be held in January due to COVID-19 but church members will still make and sell sausage as a fundraiser.

“We are going to have it in two-pound packages,” explains Don Immke, one of the event organizers. “It is $5.00 a pound and we are relying on advanced orders and would like orders in by December 31.”

The church plans to make the sausage just before pickup day, which is scheduled for January 14 – the traditional day for the meal. Sausage will be available at the church for order pickup on this date from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The church will also be open January 16 from 8 a.m. to noon.

“This is fresh sausage so any sausage that we have left over will be donated to the Livingston County food pantries,” Immke said.

Order forms are available on the McDowell Methodist Facebook page where they can be downloaded to mail into the church with payment. You can also e-mail Immke at and he will send a form.

As usual, the sausage will be made at Chenoa Locker although it will all be pre-packaged to keep everyone safe.

“This would have been our 73rd year for it and we have a tremendous turnout usually,” Immke noted.

It may be plenty of work, but it is for a great cause as the breakfast always serves as the church’s primary fundraiser for the year. Immke hopes the event is back like normal in 2022 on the second Thursday of the New Year.


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