STARK CITY — In the mood for some fireman's chili and auction to help out a local volunteer fire department? Then attend Saturday's annual Stark City Volunteer Fire Department Chili Supper and Auction.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m., with the auction to commence after the supper, inside the Stark City fire department.
The dinner will consist of chili, soup, desserts and hot dogs, on a donation basis.
Ed Schultz, a volunteer firefighter and also the mayor of Stark City, said the event is the department's main fundraiser.
"This supports about two-thirds of our budget for the year. And of course, that all goes for various things. In the past, we have been working on adding onto our building – which we did get done this past year, to house our additional unit that we are putting into service. We are in the process of building that truck up. The one that we are concentrating on right now is our tanker, we are replacing the tanker we have. We have a 1,500-gallon tanker now. This particular tanker came to us through the Missouri Department of Conservation, and it is a military unit. It will hold up to 3,500 gallons. So it is going to triple our water supply, which is great in the rural areas. Since we already do have two pumpers in service, that pumper that came to us from Redings Mill, it has not been a priority right at the present time until we get this tanker online, then we will be working on that truck. So these funds (from the fundraiser) will basically go to finish up on the tanker and then possibly start supplying on the truck that came from Redings Mill."
The chili supper is by donation and is open to the public. In the past, they have had a great response to people coming in.
"We have had upwards to 300 people every year almost," Schultz said. "We have a good time."
And there is nothing like chili or soup this time of the year.
"We get a lot of comments on it," he said. "Over the years, the firemen have gotten pretty good in making it. A lot of the community brings pies and cakes. We have a lot of desserts."
They are still seeking donations for the auction.
"We have had everything at that auction from new born calves to things for babies, we have a wide variety of stuff," he said. "Something for everybody. Bill Horton has been our auctioneer for years."
The auction will be both a silent and live auction. This will also be the first time the firefighters have done a silent auction during the annual event.
"Silent auction will be new. We are going to try that and see how that works," Schultz said.
Page 2 of 2 - The district covers about 60 square miles. They also do mutual aid to other areas such as Fairview, Stella, Granby, Pierce City, and "wherever we are needed."
For more information, please contact Schultz at 638-5652 or Jerry Butler at 392-1378.