Spend a fall day in the country

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If you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Starkville, MS  this weekend, you may want to visit the Oktoc Country Store which returns Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Once a year, the  83 year old Oktoc Community Club transforms its club house – once a church.

Let the cooking begin- Oktoc residents are preparing to start the Brunswick stew.

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The Oktoc Country Store and Day in the Country was established in 1970 as a fundraiser to purchase a school bus for local children. Forty years later, the event is going strong and proceeds go to local charities and other organizations in Oktibbeha County.

One of the highlights of the event is the Brunswick stew — a mix of pork, beef, chicken, deer meat and vegetables, mixed lovingly by the men of the community in huge vats. Some people make the trip to Oktoc, located nine miles south of Starkville, just to purchase the stew.

Lunch begins Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. Sale of the stew in bulk quantities, such as a quart or a gallon, will begin at noon.

Sponsored by the Oktoc Garden Club, the Oktoc Country Store also will include homemade country kitchen bakery items and prepared casseroles, snacks, local musical talents, Grandma’s Attic with crafts and other items, a handmade quilt raffle, a farmer’s market featuring local produce and “the opportunity to share in the community spirit of Oktoc,” publicity chair Robin Pigg said.

The building which houses the Oktoc Community Club was built in the 1800s. It housed the Vernon/Cumberland Presbyterian Church before the Oktoc Community Club formed and move into the building in 1927.

In 1935, a nearby one-room schoolhouse was relocated to the back side of the former church building and the two structures were connected to form the facility present today.

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