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Fighting fires with fire

Grill-Off helping Maugansville buy new firetruck

Grill-Off helping Maugansville buy new firetruck

April 30, 2006|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MAUGANSVILLE

Some grilled rib-eye steaks, chicken breasts and smoked salmon.

Side dishes included vegetable kebabs and portobello mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat and Gorgonzola cheese.

Then, there was dessert - which might have seemed a tricky proposition, considering that every part of the menu had to be grilled.

But participants in Saturday's Grill-Off at the Maugansville Ruritan park managed that, too, said David Imwold, who helped organize the event.

The Grill-Off raised at least $6,500 for the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., he said.

The fire department is trying to replace a 1987 fire engine next year. Fire Chief Phil Ridenour has estimated the cost at $450,000.

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Imwold said his company, Shawley's LP Gas Co., and others wanted to help the fire department raise money for a new truck.

The day started with a pancake breakfast put on by the Ruritan Club.

Live music, hot air balloon rides and a silent auction also were on the schedule.

Imwold said about 400 people attended.

Almost 300 bought $5 "food taster badges," which enabled them to sample all of the food prepared by the 14 grill teams.

That included the desserts, such as bananas Foster and deep-fried Oreos.

Imwold said feedback from people who attended was excellent.

"They all want it done again," he said, predicting that it will.

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