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Annual fall festival fundraiser nets nearly $24,000 for Clover VFD

Clover Volunteer Fire Department held its 24th annual fall festival Saturday raising almost $24,000 during the all day event.

According to Chief Bert Martin, the fire department’s goal was $25,000, and after expenses he expects the department will clear almost $15,000.

Fire trucks, floats and antique cars welcomed everyone to the fall festival kicking off in a parade at 11 a.m. 

Martin said, “It was a pretty decent crowd.” 

Following the parade, guests gathered at the
Clover Volunteer Fire Department where they enjoyed bowls or quarts of stew prepared by Clover United Methodist Church as well as burgers, bologna burgers, hot dogs, French fries and drinks. 

Later on, supper plates of barbecue pork or chicken from Smokin’ Jakes were sold for $12. Also included were green beans, potatoes, dinner rolls, sweet tea and lemonade with yellow cake with chocolate icing for dessert.  

The day featured inflatables as well as a train ride, corn hole and putt-putt for the children to enjoy. There was also live music throughout the day. 

Live music was provided by Kermit Wright and the Goodtime Band from 12:30 to 1:30; The Satterfields from 1:30 to 2:30; Tom Cook from 2:30 to 3:30; Stony Ridge from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Chuck Crews and guests from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Donnie Beadles and Cracked Screens from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Raffle tickets were also sold all day. 

Winners of the raffle ticket drawings included Randall Howard, winner of the grand prize of $1,000; and $150 winners were Kitty Coleman, Runt Powell, Mary Newcomb, Ronnie Hazelwood and 4-year-old Laci Tucker. 

Guests also were able to enjoy the 58th Annual Southside Virginia Volunteer Firefighters Association Convention and Competition from 1:30 to 5:30 at the Clover Ball Field. Boydton Fire Department was the winner of the bucket brigade. South Hill Fire Department won the forcible entry drill. Boydton Fire Department won the 4-man hose drill. South Hill Fire Department won the 4-man ladder drill. South Hill Fire Department won the 1-man hose drill. Boydton Fire Department won the six man hose drill, and South Hill Fire Department won the two-man rapid intervention drill. 

 

 

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