By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
If you wanted a couple of complimentary meals Saturday, the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department’s (IVFD) 11th annual Helen Fanning Memorial Fun Day was the place to be.
Craig Loeffler, who chaired the event for the IVFD, said more than 500 hot dogs were served at the noon lunch at the Wellington field, where an afternoon of water fun also headquartered.
That evening, the IVFD expanded its Fun Day events to include a pulled pork barbecue meal, where at least 300 people ate. Tours of the fire hall were also given that evening, during the meal held outside the fire hall walls.
Loeffler said he and other volunteer firefighters cooked 41 pork shoulders for the evening, with little left over. They started cooking the meat at 6 a.m. that morning.
From 20 to 25 fire hall tours were given by IVFD members, where it was explained why a new fire hall is needed to ease cramped space there.
“There were a lot of hours involved, but we enjoyed it,” Loeffler said Monday.
One surprise addition to the afternoon events at the football field was arrival of a Midwest MedAir helicopter, which stayed for about an hour on the field, Loeffler noted. The IVFD didn’t get confirmation it could make a stop here until Friday, Loeffler said.
It stopped en route to its home in North Platte after a run to Denver. A lot of the youngsters were able to get an up-close look as staff allowed them to crawl through the unit.
During the afternoon, other events enjoyed at the football field included a dunk tank, water slides, free water pistols, music, viewing of fire and EMS equipment, a flag burning service provided by the Imperial VFW Post, prize give-aways and mud volleyball sponsored by the Imperial FFA.
One of the events Saturday night was presenting Dustin Holmes a fireman’s helmet signed by all IVFD members. He was recently inducted as an honorary member of the department.
Winning the water fights was the team of Jake German, Cedric Maxwell and Stephen Welsh. They won the top prize of $75 in Chamber Bucks. Second and third place teams took home $50 and $25 in Chamber Bucks. Seven teams competed this year.
Loeffler said the fire department appreciated everyone who came out to enjoy the day’s activities. It’s the IVFD’s way of saying thank-you to the public for their support.
He said the department will discuss next year’s Fun Day events and dates at upcoming meetings.
This year, the Fun Day was moved three weeks later in July to give the firefighters a little break after the Fourth of July fireworks shooting. Both events involved a lot of hours each day for the crew, he noted.