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North Halifax quilting ladies Gloria Eanes, Sue Tucker and Ann Bates work the table in front of the prize raffle quilt; below, Jean Waller prepares quarts of Brunswick stew for the hungry masses. (Liza Fulton photos) / September 09, 2019

As fund raisers go, this year’s Marathon by the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department “was pretty close to the top,” said NHFVD Chief Ronnie Waller.

A crowd of around 1,000 people enjoyed a day of music, delicious food, fun and fellowship at the Nathalie-area fire station on Saturday. And according to Waller, it was a generous turnout in more ways that one.

“Everybody is really pleased” with the fundraising haul, he said.

Proceeds for the day reached $55,000 from the sale of food and proceeds from games, raffle ticket sales, and direct contributions. Donations alone added up to $19,700 for North Halifax fire and rescue. That portion of the day’s take comes with no overhead for the department.

The rest of the day’s take included $10,000 in raffle ticket sales for a Cub Cadet deck mower, $4,212 in ticket sales for the Ladies Auxiliary quilt that was raffled off, and around $20,000 from the sale of BBQ and chicken plates, hot dogs and Brunswick stew. The cost of feeding the crowd was kept down by all the volunteer labor that went into the Marathon.

“This is a community event, it’s not just the firefighters and ladies auxiliary,” said Waller. “There’s lots of people who come in from the community to help us.”

Firefighters cooked the stew, BBQ and chicken, while members of the NHFVD Ladies Auxiliary sold raffle tickets, served up dinner plates and ran the games. The share of the proceeds going to the Ladies Auxiliary is $25,149, to fund its ongoing work to support the department.

Guests soaked in a day of sunshine, enjoyed bluegrass music and other entertainment, checked out antique cars and trucks, fire and EMS vehicles and the Centra med-flight helicopter, and took advantage of health screenings provided by Sentara Halifax Regional Health System, among other activities during the day.

The winner of the Cub Cadet law tractor was Charlotte Carter of Turbeville, showing that the crowd for the NHVFW Marathon comes from far and wide.

“It’s more than just the [Nathalie] community,” said Waller. “The support comes from all over the county.”

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