Fort Kent firefighter barbecue sells out, will include more tickets next year

FORT KENT, Maine — All 750 tickets to the 12th annual Fort Kent Fire Association Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser sold out well in advance of the event, held on Sunday, Sept. 13. 

“It was a great success, as usual,” said FKFD Chief Ed Endee.

Next year the volunteer firefighters plan to prepare more of the popular meals, which include half of a barbecued chicken, corn on the cob and the specially seasoned french fries the fundraiser is famous for, Chief Endee said.

One Fort Kent youngster who didn’t have a ticket to the barbecue was still able to enjoy the event. Clyde Overton, along with his parents, Dr. Mark and Rebecca Overton swung by the barbecue Sunday afternoon in search of lunch, unaware that it was a pre-sale only event. 

Clyde, who will be 4 years old in October, wants to become a firefighter when he grows up, so was especially thrilled when one of the firefighters allowed him to sit in a fire engine.

“It was so great,” Rebecca Overton said. “It is so touching when people go out of their way to bring joy.”  

This year’s barbecue was a drive-thru only event, with cars lined up outside the fire station while firefighters collected tickets and distributed the take-out meals to minimize community interaction and to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

“We like the way it worked out and may do it again for our barbecue next year whether or not there is COVID,” Chief Endee said. 

Funds raised from the annual chicken barbecue help support the fire department through the purchase of firefighter dress uniforms and fire equipment. 

The meal was entirely prepared by volunteer firefighters, who also performed cleanup after the event. This is just one more thing the firefighters do to help contribute to the Fort Kent community, according to Endee. 

“They’re glad to do it,” he said.

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