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Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Dept. hosts 25th annual chicken barbecue fundraiserSubmitted: 07/04/2015

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BOULDER JUNCTION - Approximately 15,000 people came out to support the Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department Saturday as it held its 25th annual chicken barbecue fundraiser.

All the money raised during the barbecue will help the department pay for equipment upgrades and training.

"I mean, it's a great time. The public always supports us greatly, which were appreciative of," said Fire Protection Officer Eric A. Johnson. "It's fun to see the smiling faces. Everybody has a good time."

The fundraiser doesn't just raise money. It also raises awareness.

"We also have a lot of educational displays," Johnson said. "People can get a feel for what we do as a fire department, see some of the new equipment that we have that their money has gone towards."

The fire department had a busy day: In addition to helping with the fireworks display Saturday, the volunteers also participated in the Fourth of July parade.

Story By: Katie Thoresen

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