Fire Company Fundraiser: No Party Like A Yard Party


FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. - Greenwood Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department is currently holding their Annual Yard Party Fundraiser.

"The community donates the majority of everything, [and then] we turn around and sell [it] back to the community,” said Volunteer Fire Chief, Eddie Keeler. “They are supporting us by buying back items that they may have even donated."

The fundraiser brings in about $20,000 to $30,000 to the volunteer fire company.

While that may sound like a lot, the volunteers said that is less than 15 percent of their yearly operating costs, and doesn't include costs to replace equipment.

"We require fundraisers like this on an annual basis so we can maintain our equipment, keep the fuel in them, and keep the operating so we can provide and serve the public,” said Keeler.

While Frederick County’s volunteer fire companies do receive money from the county and grants from the state, a new ambulance costs about $200,000, and only lasts about five years.

"Without the fundraisers, and the help of all the volunteers, the volunteer system would kind of go downhill. We really wouldn't have it," said Keeler.

The yard party will continue until tomorrow, and the schedule is posted below:

Friday, August 8th
Yard Sale: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Country Ham Sandwiches (To place to-go orders, call (540) 336-7652
Car Show: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Food Available: Homemade vegetable soup, hot dogs, beef barbecue, French fries, popcorn and Ice Cream.

Saturday, August 9th
Yard Sale:
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Country Ham Sandwiches (To place to-go orders, call (540) 336-7652
Dinner: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Food includes oven fried chicken or fried country ham, green beans, coleslaw, potato salad, applesauce, rolls, assorted desserts and drinks!
Carryout dinners available! (Meal prepared by Greenwood Volunteer Fire & Rescue Auxiliary)
Auction begins at 6:30 pm
- Cakewalk to be held during auction (starting around 

- Adults $11.00, Children under 12 $6.00.

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