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June 26, 2012 | 03:35 PMWALWORTH — This weekend, Heyer Park will be filled with volunteer firefighters barbecuing chicken to help fund new fire equipment.
The Walworth Fire Department's Chicken Barbecue starts at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 30. Residents and visitors can purchase a chicken dinner for $8. The meal includes a half chicken, baked potato, roll, drink and ice cream.
Customers may purchase a meal in the drive-thru or they can dine in Heyer Park. The event happens rain or shine. Department volunteers are also willing to make local deliveries. To set up a delivery, call (262) 215-9908.
Donations pay for the dinner, and all proceeds directly benefit the department.
The firefighters will serve 1,000 chickens and will close shop when they sell out. This typically occurs around 6 p.m. The department usually raises $8,000 or $9,000 each year. In addition to selling dinners, the department also receives cash donations.
On Monday, the Regional News asked Fire Chief Andy Long a few questions about the event:
RN: Does the fire department have plans for the money that is raised this year?
AL: We are looking to purchase new turnout gear. (Turnout gear is the clothing volunteers wear while responding to emergency calls).
RN: Why do you think the event is so popular?
AL: I think it is a community event that the public looks forward to. It is a home-cooked meal that has a very reasonable cost.
RN: How many volunteers attend the event?
AL: I have 28 guys on the department and all but two will be there this year. And we have our wives and kids help out. It's a family event for everybody, too.
RN: What happens if there is a fire call?
AL: We have six people, a chief and five other people, that are designated to respond to calls during that time frame.
RN: Personally, what are you looking forward to at this year's event?
AL: Just to sell out and to make sure we sell out by 7 p.m., because that is always our goal. I'm looking forward to seeing all the returning people, people from in town and out of town that come to the event.