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It’s ON: Cedar Valley Volunteer Fire Department Deep Pit BBQ

OAKHURST – About 600-pounds of meat has been delivered for the much-anticipated Cedar Valley Fire Department Deep-Pit BBQ this weekend, and since so many people are looking for opportunities to support our firefighting community — this is the way to go.

The event is on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and everyone is invited. The Cedar Valley Fire Department is in no danger from the Railroad Fire, say organizers, explaining that the road is blocked for people going up higher past Cedar Valley, while access to the station and the BBQ remains open.

This is an important fundraiser for Cedar Valley’s Station 18. Their local area covers north to Yosemite, and south to Oakhurst, yet these firefighters and their equipment can be seen on incidents all over the mountains, wherever they are needed.

They begin preparing for this event on Friday by placing delicious aged roast meat in a closed deep pit, where it slowly cooks for nearly 24-hours. The meal includes all-you-can-eat BBQ, plus salad, french bread, beans and a cookie.

Cedar Valley BBQ by the lakeEnjoy a fabulous dinner, then get your raffle tickets for the dozens of items generously donated by local businesses and individuals. The raffle drawing will be held at 7 p.m.

They couldn’t do it without the dedication and support of their fire department auxiliary members, who are responsible for making each year’s BBQ a success.

With so many local engines and crews fighting local and regional fires this summer, these Paid Call Firefighters (PCFs) are even more crucial to our fire protection. PCFs pay for most of their own training and equipment, and give thousands of hours in service to their communities. They deserve all our support, and offer everyone a wonderful afternoon in the bargain!

The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 years to 10 years. Beverages are available at an extra cost.

Cedar Valley Fire Station 18 is located at 44907 Lakeside Drive in Cedar Valley just north of Oakhurst – just follow the signs. The station’s phone number is 683-0600.

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