The looks on the faces of the young and young-at-heart said it all Saturday at the annual North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department Marathon, and a crowd event organizer estimated close to 1,000 turned out on a late summer day to support the firefighters and members of the ladies auxiliary.
“It was one of our better days,” said NHVFD Chief Ronnie Waller, who estimated the department took in approximately $29,000, while the ladies auxiliary took in approximately $25,000.
“The community once again stepped up, and we appreciate their support,” said Waller. “We thank them as always, and we look forward to returning next year.”
Two members of the ladies auxiliary were recognized for years of service at the marathon on Saturday, with Cecil Hazelwood presenting a Resolution of Recognition to the daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter of the late Helen Crews Fisher for Fisher’s work with the ladies auxiliary.
Louise DeJarnette, the oldest living member of the ladies auxiliary, also was presented with a Resolution of Recognition for her work with the auxiliary.
The menu included barbecue pork or fried chicken plates with slaw, baked beans and a roll or hotdogs with all of the fixings in addition to homemade pies and desserts and homemade Brunswick stew.
The Ladies Auxiliary served 800 plates during the marathon and took in $12,171, and 400 gallons of stew was sold raising almost $6,500, according to Waller.
Hot dog sales, 400 in all, accounted for $1,280, bounce house ticket sales totaled $560, and fire department donations totaled $19,700.
A total of $10,000 in tickets were sold for a chance at the zero turn lawn mower, which was won by Charlotte Carter of Turbeville, and a chance to go home with the “Compass in the Cabin” quilt raised $4,212, with Vickie Matthews winning the quilt.
Devin Hall served as emcee for the event, which began with a remembrance of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, with Ryan Hendricks and Tommy Younger lowering the flag to half-staff for the day in memory of those who died that day.
Entertainment included the High Grass Band, the Brown Brothers, the Elder Family, Stained Glass Bluegrass, Hill City Cloggers during the first part of the marathon, with the combined choirs for the Second Buffalo Baptist Church, We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy, Sarah Marley Payne, Jeb Young and the Red Bank Ramblers featuring Cecil Hazelwood providing entertainment later in the day.
Samantha Clark sang the National Anthem, and children of North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department personnel led the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Children had plenty to keep occupied, including a kiddie train, face painting and a bounce house,
Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital and affiliates performed free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol checks. The Centra One helicopter made an appearance, and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office had a drug prevention display on-site.
A variety of vendors crowded the venue, and WKDE 105.5 FM broadcast live from the marathon during the day.