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Saxon-Gurney Fire Department serves up roast beef at annual dinner


Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

MEMBERS OF the Saxon-Gurney Volunteer Fire Department pitch in to help run the department's roast beef dinner Sunday at the Saxon Community Center. Among those helping out were, from left, Matt Luoma and Ray Smith on dish duty.


Saxon - Roast beef and mashed potatoes were on the menu at the Saxon Community Center Sunday as the Saxon-Gurney held its annual Roast Beef Dinner.

The dinner is one of the department's primary fundraisers, with this year's money designated to a previous purchase.

"We already spent the money," joked Chief Stacy Ofstad. "We've bought $4,500 worth of hose to outfit our engine."

The purchase of a total of 1,500 feet of firehose was enough to outfit one of the department's trucks with new hose, Ofstad said.

While a final attendance number was unavailable Sunday, organizers estimated well over 200 people attended the dinner.

In addition to the food; there were also door prizes, a 50-50 drawing and a gun raffle.

The department has held the food portion of the fundraiser for approximately 18 years, Ofstad said, with the gun raffle happening for 30 years.

"(The event) started out as a spaghetti feed we did on the last Saturday of deer season, and it must have been about six years ago we moved it to this weekend because it was a better weekend," Ofstad said.


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