Girard National Bank officials expect this year’s Christmas Eve buffet to be a success, even if the weather turns sour.

Girard National Bank officials expect this year’s Christmas Eve buffet to be a success, even if the weather turns sour.

Typically, said Vice President Christy Vulgamore, the free dinner draws about 1,700 people.

“We still expect about between 1,200 to 1,300 people, even if the weather’s bad,” Vulgamore said.

The buffet will be held Dec. 24 at the bank, just as it has for more than 50 years. It is open to anyone who comes, Vulgamore said.

“It’s been going on forever,” she said.

The menu this year features Chicken Annie’s Chicken, Schroeder BBQ beef, Mirza Chefs sausage, plus all the fixings. Serving starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

There also is entertainment for the guests.

“Musicians from the community will play while people are in line,” Vulgamore said.

She said the dinner is the bank’s way of thanking the locals for its success.

“It’s just to show our appreciation for the community and the people that have made us what we are today,” she said. “The bank pays for all of it all. There are no donations, we pay the bill.”