The Grant County Chamber of Commerce will host its 55th annual Home Products Dinners at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Grant County Civic Center, 1000 W. Patterson St.

Buttons must be purchased for admission and are available at many Ulysses businesses. There also will be event buttons available for sale at the door the night of the event. Buttons are $8, which includes the meal, collector button and live-entertainment. Buttons can be purchased by contacting the Chamber of Commerce. Dinner proceeds go to the Grant County Scholarship Foundation.

The menu consists of barbecued beef, whole wheat-rolls, sweet corn, pinto beans, scalloped potatoes, candied squash, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, cheese, strawberry jam and butter, as well as milo doughnuts and ice cream for dessert. Everything served — with the exception of tea, salt, pepper, sugar and coffee — is produced in Grant County.

This year’s entertainment will be Moody McCarthy, one of America’s sharpest young comedy minds. In addition to appearing in New York’s best clubs, Moody has appeared on television, including Star Search, Jimmy Kimmel Live, America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan.

The Home Products Dinner actually started as a boast.

In 1941, State Rep. Will Christian proudly told his fellow legislators that he and his family were self-reliant. Everything they needed to eat could be (and was) produced on their farm in Grant County. To prove that statement, Christian invited a select group of politicians to his home for dinner. As a result, the first unofficial Grant County Home Products Dinner began.

Each year, dignitaries, the people of Grant County and people from all over western Kansas gather at the Civic Center for the annual dinner, where approximately 1,300 people will be served.  

To purchase buttons, or for more information on the dinner, contact the Grant County Chamber of Commerce at (620) 356-4700 or visit www.ulysseschamber.org.