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Labor Day event dodges bad weather

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    BBQ wasn’t the only mouth-watering item on the menu at the Tarpley VFD’s Labor Day event. Dessert was made available as part of the purchase of a lunch plate, which could be enjoyed in-person at the event or taken home in a to-go container. All proceeds benefited the fire department.

Labor Day weekend’s Tarpley VFD Labor Day Fundraiser and BBQ 2022 drew a parade of people just two years after canceling it in 2020 because of COVID-19.

Dicey weather kept Bandera County folks guessing for weeks, but the weather was cloudy and cool, the perfect combo for a parade, bbq, raffle and auction benefiting the local volunteer fire department.

“This is my favorite event because it lets me see friends and others I have not seen for the year,” said Bryan Anderson, President of Tarpley VFD.

Anderson added that the department depends on the local community to stay running.

According to Anderson, this year’s event raised around $40,000, which will go toward keeping trucks full of fuel and buying equipment such as hoses.

The Sunday event kicked off with a parade of different vehicles including the giant Church’s chicken car and fire trucks of different colors and sizes.

The delicious draw of the weather-friendly event was the BBQ meal which had a very, very long line of hungry people.

The BBQ plates featured brisket, beans, potato salad, bread, pickles and onions.

Volunteers were all over the place not only helping with food, offering desserts, but also selling tickets and (perhaps most importantly) manning the meat.

As a result, many of the folks eating under trees or under the large pavilion had smiles on their faces.