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25th annual chicken barbeque fundraiserSubmitted: 07/04/2015
BOULDER JUNCTION - Around 15,000 people came out to support the Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department Saturday.

The volunteer fire department held their 25th annual chicken barbeque fundraiser.

All money raised during the barbeque goes to the fire department to help with 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," explained Johnson. "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 help gone towards."

The Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department had a busy day.

In addition to helping with fireworks Saturday, they also participated in the 4th of July parade.


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