- Last Updated on 04:59 PM 09/09/12
- BY Paula I. Bryant
Good times were happening Saturday in the northern end of the county when the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department held its annual marathon fundraiser that always attracts a large crowd to its station on Leda-Grove Road in Nathalie.
According to Fire Chief Ronnie Waller, North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department raised $10,760 in pledges and donations Saturday, $3,423 from the quilt raffle and $16,200 in food sales before expenses.
Little Graham Hall of Republican Grove was the luck winner of the handmade “Dresden Plate” quilt.
An estimated crowd of More than 3,500 marathon goers enjoyed the entertainment and good food throughout the day.
“We had crowds here all day long and for both meals. People stayed around enjoyed the music later that evening,” Waller said, noting one strong gust of wind around 4 p.m. failed to run any marathon goers away.
Entertainment throughout the day included Ashley Powell, The Good Time Band, Halifax County Quarter Scale Tractor Pull, Jonathan Anderson, Kyle Martin and the Halifax Hillbillies, Dana Hunt, Heather Davis, The Gospel Gals, Angela Arrington, Combined Choirs from Second Buffalo Baptist Church, Cecil Hazelwood, “We’ve Got Rythym” Dance Academy and Matt Boswell and the Hillbilly Blues Band.
Several activities for the children included a kiddie train, face painting, bouncy houses and other activities.
In addition to the musical entertainment throughout the day, antique cars, numerous crafters and vendors kept marathon goers busy at this year’s event.
On display throughout the marathon were the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department drug prevention exhibit, displays from Volens Family Practice – Southern Virginia Orthopedics - Halifax Urology Associates - Halifax Neurology, and free cholesterol and blood pressure checks provided by Halifax Regional Hospital.
The Duke’s Life Flight Helicopter from Durham and Carillion Health’s helicopter from Smith Mountain Lake both arrived and set down at the same time Saturday, Chief Waller said.
This year’s the marathon hosted a quarter scale tractor pull instead of the annual firemen’s competition.
“The participants told us they were looking forward to coming back again next year,” Waller said.
Barbeque, fried chicken, homemade pies, cakes and the fire department’s Brunswick stew were served throughout the day.
According to Waller, 720 pounds of barbecue, 425 gallons of stew and over 300 hot dogs were sold during the annual marathon event Saturday.
Other activities included antique cars on display, crafters and 14 vendors set up during the day selling jewelry, birdhouses, sno cones.
“The fire department and ladies auxiliary would like to thank the members of the community who support and helped work by baking pies or by serving in the lines or who helped cook the stew and just with all their hard work. We thank everyone for all their support,” he added.
“We especially thank everyone who was involved in the tractor pull for the first time this year. And thanks go out to all the people in the community who helped work this event and to those who came and supported us by buying food and making this another very successful fundraising day,” Waller concluded.