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June 23, 2010 | 08:54 AM
Walworth — It's hard for residents to ignore the smell of chicken during the volunteer fire department's annual barbecue.

Fire Chief Andy Long said it fills the air in town, which helps draw the community to the village's square.

"It's a pretty inexpensive meal and I think people look forward to it because they can smell it throughout town," Long said.

This year, similar to past years, volunteer firefighters will cook 1,050 half chickens, which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Long said the departments will begin serving dinners around 11 a.m. and will likely sell out between 6 or 7 p.m.

The meal costs $8 and includes a half chicken, baked potato, roll, drink and dessert.

A drive through service will be available and the department also will deliver meals.

Long said the department will deliver locally and last year delivered to Williams Bay. To place a delivery, call (262) 215-9908.

The event will continue rain or shine, he said.

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"Our drive-through goes nuts if it rains," Long said. "Our cookers get wet, but that's OK. They don't melt."

All of the proceeds from the event go to the Fire Department and Long said some of the money will be put toward the Fire Department garage project.

For that project, the department is looking to build a larger garage behind the fire station to store vehicles.

Long said department members also may purchase some new equipment using the proceeds from the event.

Thanks to local donations the department doesn't have to worry about covering costs for the event.

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"Everything is donated to us, so everything sold is 100 percent profit," he said.

Kilkkoman Foods, Walworth State Bank, Sentry Food, Dean Foods, the Walworth Landing, Brown's Service Wisconsin Golf, Keizer & Sons Disposal and Joe Abell all provide donations to the event.

Long said one of the things he looks forward to for the event is seeing people in the community and visitors who come down to support the department.

He also the 32 department volunteers work together for three days setting up the event, working it and tearing it down.

"We get to see the guys a lot more during those three days," he said.

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