BVFD hosts Fall Bash

People came from far and near to the Barbour County Fairgrounds Saturday to join in the fun, food and especially winnings at the 15th annual Fall Bash to support the Belington Volunteer Fire Department.

People came from as far away as Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio to enjoy the Fall Bash.

Fire chief Phil Hart said he was pleased by the turnout, as more than 900 people participated Saturday.

“We would just like to give a big thanks to all the people who bought the tickets and the businesses and individuals who sold them,” Hart said.

“Also, thanks to the fire department members and their families who support us in this,” he said. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and everyone does a little extra to help out.”

Proceeds from this and other fundraisers go toward the cost of operations of the fire department such as maintaining the building, utilities and the upkeep of their equipment.

The Belington Volunteer Fire Department would also like to thank Freedom Bank, which purchased a beef, had it made into burger and then donated it just for Saturday’s event. An estimated 1,200 burgers were grilled on site.

Barbour County Fair Queen Callie Arbogast enjoyed her first Fall Bash Saturday, and she was immediately put to work in helping draw the winning tickets.

“It’s just great that everyone comes together to help,” Arbogast said.

Prizes, which were purchased by the department for the purpose of this fundraiser, included guns, a tool kit, a gas grill, a generator, a television, a 4-wheeler and a Polaris Ranger. The grand prize was a 2013 Dodge Quad Cab 4X4 truck, won by Paul Golden.

The next fundraiser for the BVFD will be a car show and chicken BBQ Sunday in the Shop ‘n Save parking lot/post office area. This event will be held in conjunction with the Belington Fall Festival.

Fireman Joey Bolyard thanked everyone for their support.

“Firefighters, their families, and you, our supporters are what keep us going,” Bolyard said. “Without you, we would not be able to function at the levels that we do!

“If you didn’t win something today, or feel like you may have overspent or wasted your money, I want you to take a look at the firehouse some night when you go by, or look out the window when you hear the whistle blow,” he said. “If you see the lights on, or the fire trucks going by, give yourself a pat on the back, because you made it happen, and you keep it going!”