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Norfolk Fire Department holding chicken barbecue, auction fundraiser

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NORFOLK - It’s fundraising time for the Norfolk Fire Department on Saturday, which means bring an appetite to devour some of their chicken barbecue and a full wallet to take advantage of the unique items in their auction.

The chicken barbecue, which usually sells out fast, runs from 11 a.m. until they’re all gone at a cost of $8 each. Hot dogs and hamburgers as well as refreshments will also be available throughout the day.

The auction begins at noon. Both events are held at Station 1 on Furnace Street, Norfolk.

Paul Paige, a 55-year member of the Norfolk Fire Department, will be handling the auctioneer duties again, a job he has held since the late 1960s.

“This is about my 45th year,” he said, noting at one point they had held the auction in the park before moving it to the fire station.

“It’s a good fundraiser. It’s a lot of fun,” Mr. Paige said.

He said visitors will find plenty of “must haves” at this year’s auction. They include sewing machines, a counter top soft ice cream machine, cold drink vending machine, tread mill and exercise machines.

There will also be a chain saw up for grabs.

“It’s old, but it’s nice,” Mr. Paige said.

He’ll also have an old dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument, as well as furniture, including a glass top kitchen table with chairs, and several stepladders.

Beer distributors have donated advertising signs for the auction, and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc., has donated 40 tons of crusher run, while Curran Renewable Energy has donated a ton of pellets.

The auction raises more money for the fire department, which has three fire stations to maintain. The fundraiser was started by Margaret Butler, with William D. Demo as the auctioneer before Mr. Paige took over.

Mr. Paige said many of their items come from businesses around the area, with a wide assortment of new and used articles. Among the items featured last year was old china donated by the local library. It included platters, dinner dishes and more.

In addition to Saturday’s chicken barbecue and auction, the department also holds lawn mower races in the summer and a Labor Day field day, which includes Firematic races.

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