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[Jul 30] The Elk Volunteer Fire Department invites you to its 12th annual Summer BBQ to be held Saturday, July 30, 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, garden salad, homemade dessert and coffee.  Fresh bread from the Center’s wood-fired brick oven will accompany the meal.  Enjoy all you can eat for a donation of $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.  Kids can meet Smokey the Bear and play in the portable pond.  Weather permitting, you can inspect CalStar and REACH helicopters and greet their crews.  And throughout the day, local musicians will keep things festive.

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.

Serving the community for 60 years - and providing mutual aid to Anderson Valley and other districts - the EVFD has 17 volunteers, 6 of whom are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).  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 annual BBQ generates critical funds to maintain the department and its equipment.  Thanks to generous donations from the community over the past few years, the department has made structural repairs to some of the stations and added a second repeater to its radio network to improve emergency communications.  The targets for this year’s funds include replacing or adding critical equipment at each station, as well as adding a ventilation fan and binoculars to the fleet for use in structure fires.

Submitted by
Cindy Johnson, for the Elk Volunteer Fire Dept
1321 Cameron Rd, Elk, CA 95432

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