SALEM

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make sure the grounds are ready for vis­i­tors. The three men have cut grass, shaved shrub­beries and un­der­taken land­scap­ing at the camp­grounds.

In­side the Camp Ground’s Salem Ho­tel -- which hosts 125 peo­ple in its two-story, 22room build­ing, and the tents (cab­ins), the men have checked to en­sure that elec­tri­cal wires were in­tact, plumb­ing was func­tion­ing and other ne­ces­si­ties were work­ing prop­erly.

On Tues­day, Wayne and his neph­ews were pulling out seat cush­ions to place at the taber­na­cle, where daily wor­ship ser­vices will be held.

As for serv­ing break­fast, lunch and din­ner for hun­dreds of peo­ple daily, Kim said the prepa­ra­tion has been a process.

Ev­ery year, she and Wayne shop for weeks’ worth of food, mak­ing sev­eral trips back and forth to select stores for gro­ceries.

Last week, the cou­ple loaded up each of their SUVs with dry goods needed for the event.

This week, Kim said, the cou­ple will pick up a meat order for 700 pounds of chicken, canned goods and other food items.

Kim said dur­ing the eight-day camp meet­ing, they feed about 200 to 300 peo­ple per day for break­fast, lunch and din­ner, with three cooks help­ing her pre­pare all of the food.

She noted that meals are dif­fer­ent each day, but “Salem is known for its fa­mous fried chicken.”

She also is pleased to an­nounce that this year sweet tea will be served with meals, thanks to sev­eral re­quests.

“We were hav­ing peo­ple bring their own sweet tea,” she said with a smile. “But those who pre­fer unsweet tea can still ask for it.”

Even though plan­ning and pre­par­ing for the Salem Camp Meet­ing is a lot of work and is time-con­sum­ing, Kim said she and Wayne en­joy mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing gets done for guests each year.

“You get to re­unite with fam­i­lies, and peo­ple who come through the din­ing halls to eat,” Kim said. “This is where God wants us to be. We are sup­posed to be care­tak­ers; this is our min­istry.”

The Salem Camp Meet­ing will be held July 1219, with a daily sched­ule of events for the en­tire fam­ily, and ser­vices sched­uled for 10:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. each day.

The camp­ground is ad­ja­cent to Salem United Methodist Church at 3940 Salem Road, Cov­ing­ton.

The Salem Camp Meet­ing was founded in 1828. The camp meet­ing con­cept orig­i­nated in Ken­tucky in 1800 and is a dis­tinctly Amer­i­can con­tri­bu­tion to the his­tory of Protes­tantism, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from Salem Camp Meet­ing. The Salem meet­ing has been held ev­ery year since its found­ing, ex­cept dur­ing the Civil War.

Though the ho­tel is booked for the event, peo­ple can reg­is­ter for meals by call­ing 770-786-6841.

Meals cost: $6.75 for adults and $4.75 for chil­dren for break­fast; and $10 for adults and $7 for chil­dren for lunch and/or din­ner.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Salem Camp Meet­ing, visit the web­site at salem­camp­meet­ing.org.

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