Chili and soup fundraiser to be held in Shell Knob

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Central Crossing first responders and firefighters will hold their annual chili and soup fest fundraiser at the Viola/Shell Knob Community Building from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.

"We will be using the famous Dave Fielder recipe for some of the best chili around," said Eddie Davison. "This will be a great time to come and see your friends and neighbors.

"It will be a fun-filled day, a good time to get out and shake off the winter blahs," said Davison. "We will have live music throughout the day. It should be a great event."

Adults will have the opportunity to enjoy all-you-can-eat chili and soup for $5. Children can eat for $2. Proceeds from the event will be used for equipment purchases.

"The first responders operate entirely on donations from the community," said Davison. "That is their only source of funding.

"This year, they have several AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) that have become obsolete, meaning they can no longer be updated," said Davison. "They are in the process of raising the money to replace three of these units."

Over the last year, the Central Crossing first responders and firefighters responded to nearly 600 community 911 calls. Emergency assistance was provided for accidents, healthcare situations, car crashes, fires and a variety of other services.

Central Crossing first responders and firefighters cover 135 square miles of area in Barry and Stone County surrounding Shell Knob.

All community members are invited to attend the chili and soup fundraiser. The Viola/Shell Knob Community Building is located off of Highway 39, one mile south of the Central Crossing Bridge.

For more information, call Davison at 417-830-2802 or email him at

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