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More than food: Event benefits fire department

Thursday, February 16, 2012

An appetizing glance at the Cartwright chili, a local favorite.
(Photo by Pamela Page)
Don't worry about cooking supper on Saturday. The Wartrace Volunteer Fire Department has got you covered.

The Wartrace VFD will host their second annual chili supper and auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the event are $5.

Like last year, the chili being served is from the late Bobby "Hoss" Cartwright's recipe -- a longtime local favorite. The chili will be prepared by Cartwright's grandson, Joel Johnson.

More than food

The auction will be conducted by Joel's brother, Adam Johnson, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Items being auctioned off from some 60-plus donors include two tri-axle loads of gravel from Curl Construction and Hawkins Paving, knives, tools and even a live bird.

Live music will be provided by the local bluegrass group, Sweet Fancy Moses, featuring Stephen Gallagher, Tara Danielle and Kelsey Wells.

The event was a big success in its first year. Johnson prepared chili to feed 300 patrons, and every bit of it was gone by the end of the evening. This year, Johnson plans to prepare twice as much. The chili is being sponsored by volunteer firefighter Josh Carlock, Cravens and Associates.

"We had well over 200 people in and out of here last year," Chief Jeff Phillips said. "We were really thankful for everyone's support."

Funds needed

This year, the Wartrace VFD is hoping for even more support -- because they need it.

Aside from regular upkeep, training and equipment costs, they are in need of funds to repair damages to the station caused by a burst water pipe in December. The volunteers have already repaired and repainted the damaged sheet rock, carpet and baseboards.

Repairs to the station's ceiling were already on the wish list, and will be addressed with the funds earned from this year's benefit.

"We'd like to have better quarters for our volunteers," said Phillips. "They have to spend time away from their families, and the better it is here, the easier it is on all of us."

Phillips added that they are always looking for additional volunteers.