Clarion County GOP Faithful Invited to Fall Dinner




CLARION–The annual fall dinner where Clarion County Republicans “plan to whip up their usual enthusiasm among party faithful” will be held Oct. 18 at the Trinity Point Church of God, chairman Rick Rathfon announced this week, and he said attendees will have two treats–a catered dinner from Sweet Basil and  the appearance of two GOP presidents….sort of.


With tongue in cheek, Rathfon said the special “guest presidents” will be in the supporting cast of the evening’s entertainer, the Rev. Jimmy Swogger, pastor of the Oakland Church of God at Distant and a noted ventriloquist.  Swogger’s supporting cast members are two of the pastor’s popular associates, Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.


The social hour at the event will start at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner scheduled at 6.  The menu will include chicken/ pasta alfredo, tossed salad and garlic toast and cake. Punch and coffee will also be provided. The church is located on the south side of Exit 62 at Clarion.


Persons wishing to make reservations for the dinner may contact committee  secretary Cindy Curran at or by phone at 814-797-1321 or Rathfon at  or  by phone at 814-226-6605. The meals are $25 per person, and reservation payment may be made at the door the evening of the event.


Rathfon said he will make an announcement at the banquet “about something we have never done before on election day”  and will have other attractions, including having several door prizes to be awarded.


“This election is just as crucial as the one in 2016,” the chairman said, adding that “Clarion County needs all those Trump voters from 2016 to get back to the polls to help hold the House and Senate so President  Trump can continue to keep the promises he made–make tax cuts permanent, secure the Supreme Court, build the wall and protect the Second Amendment. If the Democrats gain control of either chamber, they will do everything they can to destroy the good works of our president.”


Invited to attend the event are Scott Wagner, the party’s standard bearer for governor, and Lou Barletta, the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate, but the status of their attendance is currently uncertain because of the candidates’ schedules in the closing weeks before the Nov. 6 election. The chairman said if the candidates cannot attend, surrogates may attend on their behalf.