Jenkins Fire Department Fish fry helps fund district, brings community together

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
It was a packed house Saturday evening at the Jenkins Fire Department annual fish fry and auction. The event started many years ago with a few firemen catching just enough fish in the river to do the first fish fry. Over 300 people attended the elbow-to-elbow event Saturday, which included fried fish and hushpuppies, dessert, an auction and music from Ozark Mountain Revival. The district raised over $6,000, according to Sarah Parker, district secretary, from the dinner and auction proceeds. Parker said the event has become so popular, they have run of room in the firehouse and have had to pitch a tent to accommodate everyone, and even then, had to seat some outside. The district, which serves a seven-precinct-area, also has a chili supper fundraiser in the spring, but the fish fry and auction is its biggest event. The fundraisers help the district raise money for expenses that are not covered by annual funding, and they bring the community together for a common goal and fellowship. All the workers who put on the event are volunteers. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

It was a packed house Saturday evening at the Jenkins Fire Department annual fish fry and auction.

An auctioneer holds up one of many items offered to auction off to the highest bidder at the Jenkins Fire Department annual fish fry event Saturday evening, attended by several hundred area residents from the surrounding communities of Cassville, Shell Knob, Aurora and Crane. The fundraiser is one of two held each year by the fire department to raise money for the district, which covers seven precincts. Over 300 attended the event. One of the biggest expenses the district has during the year, which the fundraisers help with, is insurance on over 15 vehicles. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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