Cooking for a cure

Information sought regarding hit and run accident in ApalachinThe Bryan Family; pictured, from left, are Robert Strobridge, Deb Strobridge, Dan Bryan, Dawn Bryan, Matt Bryan, Janice Bryan, Nick Bryan, Grandma Becky Bryan, Butch Bryan, Aunt Marie Vandemark, Ricky Vandemark, Kara Stage and Kyle Stage, and on the far left is Robert and Deb's dog, Ben Strobridge.

“We get a lot of support from the Troy area,” said Deb Strobridge of Bryan’s Meat Cutting and Country Butcher Shop in East Smithfield. “We’d like to give back in some way.”

According to Deb, many of their customers are from the Troy area and the Troy Fair is a big event for them.

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Dan Wagner prepares Krispy fries in Bryan’s Barbecue Pit trailer.

“We should do a ‘cooking for the cure’ fundraiser for cancer research,” Matt Bryan said to Deb. 

Matt and his Aunt Marie were very close. She always attended his sporting events – high school football and track and field.

“I still have the javelin she bought me,” said Matt.

Aunt Marie passed away during Matt’s senior year in high school before his last track season started. She had been battling cancer. This left a lasting impression on Matt so it was natural that he would want to do something to honor the memory of his Aunt Marie.

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Bryan’s Barbecue Pit trailer.

And when the Troy Rotary approached the Bryans about coming to their Troy Summerfest, Matt realized this would be the event they were looking for.

The Troy Rotary Summerfest is going to be a community event held at the Historic Troy Sale Barn in Downtown Troy from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.

There will be a variety of entertainment, including the Troy Town Band, a corn hole tournament and the Kevin Hyatt Band. Vendors inside the Sale Barn will include wineries, a brewery, a cidery, creameries, dessert makers, specialty popcorn and coffee, specialty teas, honey products, maple products, packaged meat products, pie and ice cream. Vendors outside the Sale Barn include Bryan’s Barbecue Pit and Oishii Yoshii’s Food Cart.

Ticket prices vary, depending on under and over age 21 for tastings at each vendor. Age 21 and over can purchase “full passport” tickets for $25 in advance, $30 at the door, allowing them tasting of alcoholic beverages. Under age 21 can purchase a “limited passport” that does not include the alcohol vendors, for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Photo ID will be required at the door.

In addition to sampling, ticket prices include two $5 coupons that can be used at any of the vendors, as well as $10 off on a single purchase of $50 or more at Hoover Hardware Doit Center or The Clothing Store in Troy.

There will also be a raffle for donated prizes.

The funds raised by the Troy Rotary go back into community projects. For more information or to get tickets in advance, contact any Troy Rotary member or visit

The Troy Rotary still has space for vendors. If anyone has a food or drink type product they would like to showcase, contact Earl Swain at (570) 364-5138 or email

According to Robert Strobridge, the general public will have access to Bryan’s Barbecue Pit without having to pay admission to the event. Bryan’s menu will include their pork barbecue, pork and potato bowls, beef brisket, local bacon cheeseburgers, cheese steaks, bratwurst and krispy fries. 

Butch Bryan thought that because Bryan’s would be getting support from the Troy Community that day then why not donate to the Troy Mammography and Cancer Research Department at the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital.

“We could even wear pink shirts,” suggested Matt.

According to Deb, one third of Bryan’s sales during the Troy Rotary Summerfest will be donated to the Mammography Department of the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital. At Bryan’s Barbecue Pit, they’ll be “cooking for a cure.”

“Stop in and have some good food,” said Dan Bryan. “And support a good cause.”

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