Elkin’s fire chief spent Saturday in the company of a bunch of chickens who were served up for a good cause.
The Saturday Port-A-Pit fundraiser was held at the Elkin Rescue Squad on North Bridge Street and led by Chief Tommy Wheeler of the Elkin Fire Department and other fire volunteers.
Scores of cars made way into the parking lot and were met by volunteers helping with the fundraising effort, lunch for $8 a plate. The Port-A-Pit cooking the chicken was placed in the parking spots closest to the street. The high visibility caused an extra boost in sales. While the chicken cooked, its aromas permeated up and down North Bridge Street.
By early afternoon, families who pulled in without advanced ordered tickets were told they would have to return after 1 p.m. for a chance at getting a meal.
“We’re way ahead of our expectations. We have about 500 meals. We added 50 more which were all sold. All of this chicken will be gone by 1 o’clock,” said Chief Tommy Wheeler. “We’ve been really been pleased by the turnout.”
When asked if people were pleased with the fire department as much as they were with getting BBQ chicken, the chief chuckled in hysterical laughter.
“I hope it’s a combination of both,” said Wheeler, who had to wipe a tear because he laughed so hard.
According to Wheeler, the Elkin Rescue Squad was thanked and credited for providing the space necessary for the fire department to hold the fundraiser. “It’s a better location to manage traffic, as you can see. We appreciate the use of the facility,” he said.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.