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Our fire department usually has two fundraising events each year, a dance and dinner on the second Saturday in May and a Fish Fry on the last weekend in October. Due to COVID limits, we canceled both last year. The arrival of two coincidentally timely grants kept us from having to curtail any of our normal purchasing. We decided last month to go ahead and hold our event (2020 was the first time in 43 years that we hadn’t had our annual dance). As we suspected, people were so ready for live music and food that our crowd was huge. We served every bit of food, the dance floor was packed and attendees were extra generous in bidding on our auction items.
That’s several hundred pounds of beef brisket. Our dance hall was built in the 1920s and was deeded to the fire department 40 years ago. The girls are granddaughters of older department members and carry auction items around for the crowd to review before bidding. Note how it’s safe to let the little ones crawl around the dance floor. We serve an area of 43 square miles with about 3300 residents. Literally, two people walked up to the line with masks on and then removed them.
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