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Elk Fire to Host 10th Annual BBQ

The Elk Volunteer Fire Department invites you to cool down at the coast at its 10th annual Summer BBQ to be held Saturday, July 26, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Greenwood Community Center on Highway 1 in downtown Elk.

Department members and friends are preparing to serve up grilled tri-tip, smoked chicken and portabella mushroom entrees, along with beans, green salad, homemade dessert and coffee. Fresh bread from the Center’s wood-fired brick oven will accompany the meal, all for $20 for adults and $10 for kids 7-12 (6 and under free). And, as always, Elk’s famous Margaritas will be available, along with beer, wine and soft drinks.

Emergency vehicles and equipment will be on display at the BBQ. Children can enjoy a dip in the portable pond. Music by local band “Wild Elk” will liven up the day.

There will be a raffle featuring items donated by local inns, merchants and community members. Raffle tickets are a bargain at $1 each or 6 for $5 and are available now at the Elk Store, the Elk Garage, Queenie’s Roadhouse Café, and at the BBQ. You don’t need to be present to win.

The annual BBQ generates critical funds to maintain the department and its equipment. Proceeds from this year’s BBQ will be used to upgrade a wild land truck’s ability to pump sufficient water to fight fires on steep hills and purchase fire protection gear for new recruits.

Serving the community for 58 years, the EVFD has 16 volunteers, 6 of whom are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and 3 trained to respond to large fires statewide. The department maintains a fleet of 7 firefighting vehicles of mixed type and an ambulance located at 4 stations spread out over a large, 55 square-mile service district. The EVFD is at its lowest staffing level in recent memory, and is recruiting new members to ensure its survival. Anyone wishing to join is invited to attend a training, held on the first and third Thursdays at the fire station next to the Community Center in Elk. For more information, contact Chief Jeff Roy at 877-3558.

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