Members of the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary prepare barbecue for attendees at the annual marathon in 2019. They are inviting the public to return to their annual marathon Saturday to pick up to-go barbecue, chicken plates and stew and make a donation beginning at 11 a.m.

For the past 42 years, North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department has invited the public to its station for its annual fundraising marathon for a day of food, entertainment, fellowship with friends and neighbors and a chance to make donations to the fire department.

Despite the fire department’s ability to serve the community over the years and continuation of growth, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the community and the fire department to endure a setback, according to the fire department’s recent fundraiser letter.

They have had to cancel or postpone many of their traditional fundraisers, but have decided to continue with hosting their marathon this year, but take-out style, and hope community support will continue.

All food will be served carryout, and no facilities will be available for dining in.

On the menu will be barbecue and chicken plates for $10 that includes beans, Cole slaw, roll, beverage and dessert starting at 11 a.m. at the station located at 4201 Leda Grove Road.

Quarts of stew also will be for sale for $6 beginning at 10:30 a.m., on a first come, first serve basis. No pre-orders will be taken ahead of time.

The ladies auxiliary also will be selling chances to win a king size, X-Factor quilt that was donated and hand quilted by the North Halifax Quilting Ladies.

The fire department also will be collecting donations in the meeting room as usual.

Raffle chances will be sold on a cash prize drawing for a first, second, third and fourth place cash prize. Tickets are $5 each.

For those who are unable to make it in person, pledges are being accepted over the phone at 349-3500.

Tune in to WKDE FM 105.5 and listen to the broadcast of their fundraising efforts.

Due to health regulations, those attending are asked to wear masks and abide by social distancing rules, according to the fire department’s fundraising letter.

These health regulations also prevent the fire department from hosting entertainment and vendors, as they’ve done in the years past.

“Please plan to attend our modified marathon, make your yearly donation, and pick up the same delicious food as always. The fire department and ladies’ auxiliary appreciate your continued support,” the fundraising letter continues.