Jenkins Rural Fire Department to host fish fry

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

All-you-can-eat meal, bluegrass music set for Saturday

The Jenkins Rural Fire Department has its annual fish fry Saturday at Station 1, near Highway 248 and Flat Creek Bridge, to raise money toward firefighter training and gear.

The fish fry serves an all-you-can-eat meal from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. The menu is fish or chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, hush puppies, desert and refreshments.

The musicians, Bill and Ann Riggs and Ripplin' Creek, will play between 4:30 and 6 p.m.

An auction starts at 6:30 p.m. People will bid on items donated from area businesses and citizens. They can also try to win a quilt -- donated by Fern Mease.

The fish fry usually draws between 250 to 300 people, said Fire Chief James Vincent, who oversees about 20 volunteer firefighters.

"The community always supports us in anything that we try to do," Vincent said.

The Fire Department covers 120 square miles, and it has three stations, he said.

He has lived in the area all his life, said Vincent, who is 40. He joined the Fire Department around 2002 and has been the chief for about three years.

Ruby and Neil Vincent, James' parents, were with the group that started the Fire Department about 30 years ago, said Ruby Vincent, who was on the first Jenkins Rural Fire Protection Board.

She said her husband, who is not alive anymore, was a firefighter.

For more information, call Ruby Vincent at 417-574-6323.

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