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Fundraiser puts football field-sized dinner table downtown

A dinner table the length of a football field was set up in the center of downtown Tryon's Trade Street Sunday night for the "Farm to Trade Street" fundraiser. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

TRYON, N.C. -- A dinner table the length of a football field was set up in the center of downtown Tryon's Trade Street Sunday night.

"We wanted to show off Downtown. We thought that after the event's over people will see a really great visual of a 360 foot table spanning the course of Trade Street," said Jamie Carpenter, the Executive Director of Tryon Downtown Development Association, which hosted the fundraiser.

The event was called "Farm to Trade Street" and featured a six-course meal that lasted three hours and shut down part of the main street through downtown.

More than fifty local farmers and vendors donated to the event in some way and 95 percent of the food was sourced from Polk County, organizers said.

"It's done as a fundraiser as well as promoting tourism to the town of Tryon," said Christine Cowles, the event coordinator. "We have 360 guests who have pre-purchased tickets, which in coincidence is the length of a football field."

Ticket-holders, who were mostly locals, sat down at 6 p.m. at one, long table that was more than 360 feet long.

"To be sitting right in main street with all your friends eating homegrown food," said Tryon resident Dale Weiler from his seat at the table. "I didn't realize they had a table this long - most impressive."

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