Annual Calypso Fire Department fundraiser set for Saturday

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The annual fundraiser for the Calypso Fire Department is set for Saturday, Oct. 5.

Officials say proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will go primarily to help reduce the debt incurred by the purchase of a new fire engine in 2017.

Last year’s event was delayed due to Hurricane Florence.

Event officials say everything from handmade wooden tractors, sweet treats, farm supplies and Christmas paraphernalia will be up for auction at the Calypso Volunteer Fire Department.

It is the Department’s only fundraising event, and one that provides a major portion of its operating budget.

Festivities kick off at 4 p.m. with fire truck rides, a moon bounce and other activities for youngsters.

Barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, sweets and drinks will be available.

The auction begins at 6 p.m. More than 200 items will be available.

Local and surrounding businesses always contribute goods to the auction. Homemade baked goods and handmade items are always popular.

A wide variety of tools, wreaths, jewelry, fertilizers, toys and gift certificates will be on the auction table.

Auctioneers Bobby Holland, Tommy King and Trey Pope will handle auction responsibilities.

The big raffle drawing attraction is set for 8:30 p.m. and the prize this year is Big Larry’s pig cooker, or $1,000.

Tickets are $20 each, or you can buy five and get one free. They are available now from any member of the fire department.

For more information, call Fire Chief Brandon Cashwell at 919-921-0996 or Roger Davis at 919-738-4063.

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