Food, fire and fellowship

Food, fire and fellowship

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The town of Dundee expects to have a hot time in an upcoming event that will feature food, music and a fundraiser created to ensure the Wayne Township Fire Department can continue to provide for people in the community.

To better serve the community, the Wayne Township (Dundee) Fire Department works hard to raise funds throughout the year. They host various events from burgers and fries with firefighters to pancakes and sausage breakfasts.

Their biggest fling of the year is the annual firemen’s festival. “We don’t charge people for our services in the township,” said Joseph Miller, former Wayne Township fire chief and current firefighter who is helping to coordinate this year’s efforts. “We hold fundraisers like this one to help offset expenses and to allow us to save money for future needs.”

The festival is set for Friday, Aug. 5 at Dundee Elementary. The event will start with a food line at 5 p.m. that features the department’s barbecue chicken. It is cooked over charcoal in a pit that is located behind the fire station. In addition, burgers, French fries and soft-serve ice cream will be sold for dine-in or carryout. Live music will be provided by the Larry Delawder Family.

Miller said this year’s event is one night only and is packed from top to bottom with fun for the entire family.

“This is where we really need people’s help,” Miller said of the department’s annual auction. “It is only as good as the items we get to sell, and in the past, most items sell very well.”

Miller encouraged residents and businesses alike to consider donating items to be sold. “It doesn’t have to be big,” he said. “It could be a plate of cookies or even a fresh-baked pie.”

To date, the auction has a few items that have been donated including a Snapper walk-behind mower, Enviro bricks, guns, two kayaks and a gun safe. However, they need more items that will be sold to the highest bidder. To donate, call Miller at 330-340-7788.

The auction will start just after 6 p.m. as MedFlight is scheduled to land at 6 p.m. to showcase the helicopter and its crew.

“The helicopter is coming a little earlier than in past years,” Miller said.

In addition, the new ambulance will be on display for everyone to look inside. Miller said they are encouraging everyone, especially children, to explore the ambulance.

A raffle also is planned with an E-bike, a $1,000 Erb’s Stove gift card, 15 guns, fishing rods and various pieces of power equipment. Raffle tickets are available now from any member of the department. Proceeds of the raffle are being earmarked for the building fund for the expansion of the fire station. Winners need not be present at the time of the drawing.

There will be a bounce house for kids, and kids of all ages should bring some extra spending money to test their skills at the dunk tank. There also will be a face painter on hand in addition to a balloon sculptor. A tractor pulling a barrel train will be on the grounds giving rides throughout the night. All kids who attend will get a goodie bag.