Source: Valley Roadrunner

Labor Day weekend barbecue to benefit volunteer fire department760

August 14, 2013

The 36th annual Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department barbecue will be held Saturday of the Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Danielle Doelman, this year’s barbecue chairman says, “It was incredibly important to me to make this 36th annual BBQ fun and exciting for everyone that comes.

“This event is critical to our community as well as the fire department because it (1) brings the community together, (2) it builds relationships between the community and the fire department, (3) it gives the fire department a chance to introduce to the community what our services are to the community and show how valuable we are, and (4) it allows an opportunity for fundraising for our department so that we can continue to provide the quality services to the community we always have.”

Doelman and her committee have put together an exciting event for the entire community and general public. They are maintaining tradition, but also tossing in some new twists to keep generating excitement.

As Doelman says, “It is not every day that we get to throw a pie in the Chief’s face or dunk a firefighter and get away with it. I hope that you, your family and friends will come out to enjoy this spectacular event.”

Raffle tickets are told for $5 for a chance to win the grand prize of $1,000. Tickets can be purchased at the general store, fire station and post office and observatory gift shop.

The barbecue organizers have a fundraising goal of $20,000. Says Doelman, “if we get half that, the captains and chiefs will paint their nails bright red, and if we get the whole thing, they will dye their hair red with Kool-aid.”

KSON will provide music. Other donors include Julian Apple pies, Stone Brewery, Firefighter Turnout, and Oasis Camel Dairy.

Activities include the popular dunk tank, raffles, auctions, a wine garden, firefighter competitions and pieing the chiefs in the face.

Palomar Mountain Fire Station is located at 21610 Crestline Road. For information call 760-742-3701 or visit