Morning News â€” Bob Hudson
Karen Lifshay (left) and Ronda Cheatham of the Bible Discovery Center serve up a fruit soup during the Stone Soup competition at Mountain View Middle School on Wednesday.
Ricky Gardner and his wife Carissa were among the people who enjoyed Stone Soup at Mountain View Middle School on Wednesday.
The fundraiser for Bingham County's SouthEast Idaho Community Action Agency drew at least 400 people during its two-and-one-half hour run.
"We just moved to the area," Gardner said, noting that his family had come from South Bend, Ind. "We're thrilled to see the community come together like this."
Angie Goodyear and Barb Parris helped with the setup of the children's carnival and the auction.
"We work with SEICAA all the time," said Goodyear, "It's a good organization."
"SEICAA is awesome," said Parris. "And the Blackfoot community is supportive. SEICAA helps people who might otherwise be missed."
Eleven different businesses and groups participated in the contest, which is based upon a children's story called "Stone Soup." In the tale, different characters bring something to make a soup for the community.
Participants included Martha's Cafe, the Bible Discovery Center, Rupe's, Tommy Vaughn's, Kesler's Market, Melina's Mexican Restaurant, the Ba'hai Community of Blackfoot, The Flower Shoppe, Winger's, Re/MAX Preferred Properties and Basic American Foods.
This year's winner was Martha's Cafe with Rupe's second and Kesler's third.
"There was just a wide array of community members showing their support," said Bobette Beesley, SEICAA's executive director."Everybody had so much fun."
On a serious note, she added, "our shelves are low. This will give us money to buy the things we need.
"Just the other day we helped a family with rent so they could stay in their home," she said.