17th Annual Pig Roast and Pine River Fire Department Open House
TINA L. SCOTT
The 17th Annual Pig Roast and Pine River Fire Department Open House drew nearly 800 attendees on Saturday, Sept. 25, according to a spokesperson for the Department. Attendees turned out for the food; to tour the fire station and see all of the emergency vehicles from various area law enforcement agencies, including the Life Link III helicopter; to meet the volunteer fire fighters and perhaps try on their gear; to enjoy the jumpy house/slide; to have a shot at winning a $5,000 cash prize in their raffle along with about $15,000 worth of other prizes; to dance to the live music; and to ooh and ahh over what attendees reported to be an incredible fireworks display.
The annual fundraiser serves as more than just a fundraiser, though. The event is also an opportunity to build community in Pine River and for nearby Merrill residents and surrounding areas and to help children become familiar with firefighters.
The Pine River Fire Department is a volunteer fire department, and it was volunteers who did all the planning and work to orchestrate this year’s event, as well. “We want to thank everyone who came out and once again made our annual pig roast a resounding success,” they said on their Facebook page. “A special thanks to the fireworks crew who never disappoints. And we cannot forget to thank the Fund Raising Committee. They meet and plan year round to make this event what it is, and we owe all of its success to their efforts.”
“Congratulations also to all of our winners!” they added.