Get your state political questions ready, and don’t forget the mustard.
Bologna Day returns to the state Capitol this Tuesday, March 8, giving Warren County residents a chance for one-on-one access to their elected officials in Nashville.
State Reps. Judd Matheny and Kevin Dunlap, along with state Sen. Janice Bowling, are all scheduled to be on hand.
Tracing its roots back to the 1970s, Bologna Day became a traditional way for concerned citizens to voice opinions on politics and current events. Then-Rep. I.V. Hillis and community leader Raleigh Paper appeared at Fraley’s Furniture in downtown McMinnville, with bologna, cheese and crackers ready to talk politics.
For years, Walling Fraley hosted the now-famous Bologna Day activities, thus giving Warren County folks the opportunity to rub elbows with the movers and shakers of state government. Later moved to Capitol Hill after Mr. Fraley’s death, hundreds of citizens would converge on Nashville each year to let their voices be heard.
It was a chance for local residents to gain a connection with state elected officials.
Southern Central Waste Services and Rep. Dunlap are making this event possible once again. Southern Central is providing the meal prepared by Prater’s BBQ of smoked and regular bologna with bread, pasta salad, chips, cookies and sweet tea.
Bus transportation to the Capitol in Nashville will be provided to local residents free of charge. The bus is scheduled to depart from the Chamber of Commerce building on Court Square at 8 a.m. It’s scheduled to return around 4 p.m.
There are still seats available. Contact the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce at 473-6611 to make arrangements to attend.