Clover Fall Festival

Groups of friends converse outside the Clover Volunteer Fire Station as they listen to the High Grass Band during the 2019 Clover Fall Festival. This year’s event, along with many fundraising efforts for volunteer groups, is canceled due to COVID-19.

During a time when they’re normally making plans for the annual Clover Volunteer Fire Department Fall Festival held in October, Clover Fire Chief Jamie Davis and Bert Martin, president of the fire department, have announced the cancellation of the fall event.

Instead of the fall festival, the fire chief and president said they’re having a letter fund drive.

“We reached this decision after a meeting of the business and line officers of the fire department where we discussed our options and looked at projections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We examined the Virginia Department of Health guidelines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and what other community events around the state are doing,” Davis and Martin wrote as part of their letter drive.

This decision also comes after they had to cancel three of their fish and chicken suppers.

As they already had lined up a sponsor and printed raffle tickets for the fall festival, they also decided to move forward with the raffle. The grand prize will be $1,000 with three consolation prizes of $250 each.

Tickets will be $1, and they are for sale online, by mail and at select businesses.

Money raised will go towards fuel costs, insurance, electricity and other parts of their budget that continue to increase, said Martin and Davis.

“We’re asking you to give much-needed support to our department at this time. Without the community’s involvement, where would our fire and EMS service come from? Community involvement starts with citizens in our community who actively support our volunteer fire departments by making donations, buying raffle tickets and attending various fundraisers the departments hold yearly,” they wrote.

Davis and Martin also wanted to remind the public that this would be the fire department’s only major fundraiser for the year.

“We appreciate the support of our community,” they wrote.

Checks may be made out to Clover Volunteer Fire Department, and they ask the public return the check in an enclosed envelope with an enclosed form from their letter drive by Oct. 31.

Contact Davis or Martin for more information.