It's a no-brainer for the members of the Grove City Community Club to figure out the best way to raise funds to support the group's mission.

They just use their noodles.

That's the nearly 800 pounds of noodles club members prepare and sell each year at the annual Arts in the Alley festival and at the club's own Harvest Market event.

Arts in the Alley was Sept. 21 and 22 along Broadway and Park Street in Grove City's Town Center.

"People really seem to love our chicken and noodles," said Deb Lewis, the club's treasurer, who also is helping to coordinate this year's Harvest Market.

The 16th annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 28 through Oct. 12, on Park Street at Broadway.

The Harvest Market features a variety of vendors selling everything from vegetables and pumpkin rolls to handblown glass and handmade clothing, Lewis said.

Each week features a pumpkin-related activity.

"We try to make it fit the fall season with Halloween approaching," Lewis said.

On Sept. 28, each child attending the Harvest Market will receive a free pumpkin. The club will sell its homemade noodles.

Bags of noodles will be sold each weekend, Lewis said.

A pumpkin-pie contest will be held Oct. 5. Entrants should bring their homemade pumpkin pie in a nonreturnable plate to City Hall by 10 a.m. for judging, she said.

First prize is $100, second prize is $75 and third prize is $50.

The community club will serve homemade bean soup Oct. 5.

A pumpkin-carving and decorating contest will be held Oct. 12. Carved and decorated pumpkins should be brought to the stage area by City Hall for judging.

Prizes will be $25 for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place.

Club members will offer homemade vegetable soup that day.

The community club was established in 1917.

"It started as a group of women who got together to do projects to support the local residents who were going off to fight in World War I," Lewis said.

The club continues to focus on contributing to the community, supporting various local organizations and charities, she said.

In 2018, the community club donated $10,000 to the Honor Flight program, which flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to tour memorials.

The group also donated $20,000 to purchase a scoreboard for the city's Dream Field at 3400 Ventura Blvd., where the Buddy Ball baseball league plays its games.

In 2003, the club established a scholarship fund and awards up to six $1,000 scholarships to high school students in Grove City, Lewis said.

The scholarships are awarded to students who are actively involved in community service projects, she said.

For more information about the club and the Harvest Market event, go to grovecitycommunityclub.org.

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