The Archer City Volunteer Fire Department will host its third annual BBQ Benefit starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at the station located 501. N. Center St.
The first fundraiser in 2018 was impromptu according to event organizer Mandy Kinnaman.
“In 2018, we had a lot of severe wildfires west of town and it got really close and there was ash falling in the city limits,” Kinnaman said. “Alan Davis called my husband and asked if he would be willing to go in together and put it together.”
She said Davis died after the event and she and her husband, Todd, decided to continue organizing the event in his honor.
“Because of the coronavirus this year, we can’t have it like we did where everybody sits and meets, but we are just going to do a drive thru service,” Kinnaman said.
She said many of the volunteer firemen and friends of the family come together the nights before to cook and prepare the meat. She said the plate will be sliced or chopped brisket, baked beans, potato salad, pickles, onion, bread and a canned drink.
The fundraiser will be donations only with no recommended donation and a silent auction will be held on the Archer City VFD Womens Auxiliary Facebook’s page or by searching ACVFD silent auction benefit.
“They have a lot of really expensive upkeep to their trucks when they go through big brush fires and things like that,” Kinnaman said. “(…) Our home burned in March of this year and they were there within three minutes of calling 911. You don’t ever want to take them for granted and they are volunteers who don’t get paid.”
The fundraiser will run until 2 p.m. or whenever the food runs out.