- Last Updated on 07:52 AM 09/09/13
- BY Ashley Hodge
One of the largest crowds of supporters in recent memory filled the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department to enjoy a day of food, fun and music with friends and family at the 37th annual Marathon fundraiser on Leda-Grove Road in Nathalie.
According to North Halifax Volunteer Fire Chief Ronnie Waller, North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department raised $19,606 in pledges and donations Saturday, $3,100 from the quilt raffle and $16,000 in food sales before expenses.
Money earned will go toward “everyday operations,” he said.
Crystal Trickey was the lucky winner of the handmade “Double Wedding” quilt raffle.
An estimated crowd of more than 3,000 Marathon goers enjoyed the entertainment and good food throughout the day.
“The weather cooperated really nicely throughout the day for all of our supporters, “ said Waller.
Entertainment during the day included The Brown Brothers, Bluegrass Five, Halifax County Quarter Sale Tractor Pull, Hi Grass Band, The Gospel Gals, 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, rifle shooting 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 was the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department drug prevention exhibit, displays from Volens Family Practice - Southern VA Orthopedics - Halifax Orology Associates and free cholesterol and blood pressure checks provided by the Halifax Regional Hospital.
The Centra One helicopter arrived and sat down shortly before 11 a.m., Chief Waller said.
“The helipad allows members of our community to have the availability of immediate emergency care,” he said. “North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department is striving to offer the best fire and emergency medical service we can for each person in the community.”
Barbecue, fried chicken with sides, hotdogs, homemade pies, cakes, and the fire department’s Brunswick stew were served throughout the day.
According to Waller, 740 pounds of barbecue, 400 gallons of stew and 696 pounds of fried chicken were sold during the annual marathon event Saturday.
Other activities included antique cars and crafters and vendors set up during the day selling jewelry, birdhouses, blankets and hand-painted signs.
“This annual marathon began years ago with the fire department simply selling stew, and it has grown every year with us trying to provide something new each time. Next year will be the fire department’s 50th anniversary, so we are already in the works for planning something even bigger for next year,” added Waller.
“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 would also like to thank everyone in the community who came out and showed their support,” Waller concluded.