A crowd gathered Saturday for the Midway Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fish fry – an opportunity to give back to the community, according to organizers.
While the VFD holds two fundraisers each year – a barbecue cook-off and steak dinner – the fish fry is a free event to thank supporters. Donations were accepted, however, and several generous contributions were made.
“The house is pretty full,” said Chief Ed Faw shortly after the event kicked off at 4:30 p.m. “If it was a cooler day, it would probably be packed.”
The VFD used its own funds to pay for catfish, coleslaw, sweet tea and desserts, a band and fireworks.
“We try to break even,” Faw said. “It’s worth it. This is more of a community involvement, give-back event.”
Faw credited the firefighters for their commitment to service.
“All the guys and girls volunteer their time to respond, train and learn,” he said. “They do it for the good of the community.”
City Secretary Debra Newkirk added that there was no financial report from this event because it was essentially a free celebration, rather than a fundraiser.
“This giveback event is our gift to the community,” she said.