Houghton-Hancock Lions Club Holds Annual “Matt and Pete Manderfield” Chicken BBQ

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) — The Houghton-Hancock Lions Club held its annual Chicken BBQ fundraiser just outside Dee Stadium.

Beginning at noon, club members, volunteers and members of the Michigan Tech University football team grilled dozens of chickens for patrons. They could buy tickets for a full meal, including half a chicken, coleslaw, beans, rolls and dessert for fifteen dollars.

The first barbecue was started in 1956 by Matt Manderfield, who also invented the signature barbecue seasoning. His son, Pete, then took over the organization of the event until his death last November.

“We are all very proud to be helping out with the Houghton Lions event and continuing the Manderfield tradition for Grandpa Matt and Uncle Pete,” Pete’s nephew Adam Manderfield said. “Uncle Pete is no longer with us, and this has been passed on to myself, my cousin Nick and Pete’s son Dwight.”

In the past, the event was known as the “Annual Matt Manderfield Chicken BBQ”. With Pete’s death, his name was added to the title, and is now the ‘Annual Matt & Pete Manderfield Chicken Barbeque’.

The funds raised will be used to purchase glasses for the poor, to whom the Lions Club has been donating for several years.

A pancake breakfast organized by the club is in preparation for this winter.

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