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Roberts Fire Dept. cuts pork: annual pig roast draws crowds
While most fire departments are cutting out unnecessary pork, Roberts Fire Chief Hunter Bell celebrated the annual Roberts Rural Fire District 6 pig roast on Saturday, June 7, as an important community event by cutting up pork. “We expect a good number to turn out,” he said as he rightly took all the heat and manned the grill.
Bell was not disappointed late that afternoon, as people started pouring in. “It’s much bigger and expanded, I like it!” said one resident gazing around the newly renovated fire house which she estimated could now seat twice as many people in its main area with an extra room in back already getting filled.
“I like to sit where I can see who’s coming,” said one woman who, like a number of locals, turned out to see the neighbors they had missed all winter.
“You get to meet a lot of people you otherwise don’t see,” agreed another couple who were similarly positioned to watch the door as attendees streamed in. “They used to have music, too, after the food was cleared away,” reminisced an elderly woman.
A number of attendees said they come to the event almost every year. Those seated nearby nodded in agreement. “It’s always good, always nice,” said one lady.
Bell said the roast is not limited to pork. “We cook two pigs but also 2-5 dozen chickens,” he said. That way, he said, there is always something for everyone. There were also lots of sides-cole slaw, pork and beans, watermelon and pickles with two kinds of sauces. There was cake for dessert.
At the entrance, volunteers did a brisk business selling raffle tickets. The prize was a whole pig, “cut up and delivered”, one woman assured the crowd.
Besides being served delicious food by big, handsome firemen and being able to show your support, the evening was clearly lots of fun. Some people finished quickly to let the next group sit down since the seating for at least 100 people was constantly filled, but even more lingered to enjoy a real community event where they could see familiar faces. There were quite a few large families who came, bringing children and grandchildren, making it seem like the first picnic of summer.
One young woman summed it up with a big smile as she finally reached the buffet. “Great food, great company!”