Old Station was bustling on Saturday July 25th as more than 500 people attended a chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. to support the Old Station Volunteer Fire Department. The event took place at Rim Rock Ranch on Hwy 44 and 89 not far from Lassen Park.
More than 50 volunteers pooled their talents and efforts to make the event a success. The barbecue provided a huge grilled half chicken, baked beans, potato salad, green salad, coleslaw, toasted garlic bread and strawberry shortcake.
The crowd included people from the local area, Burney, Fall River Mills, Cassel, folks from Sacramento and the Bay Area, day trippers from Redding, visitors from Texas and tourists from as far away as Germany.
Local crafters were set up all day, providing a festive fair-like atmosphere to the affair.
The US Forest Service had an information booth and handed out Smokey the Bear hats to youngsters. Smokey the Bear himself roamed the crowd spreading the message of fire prevention and posing for pictures.
The event concluded at 5 p.m. with a raffle for prizes including a gas barbecue grill. All proceeds from the day’s activity go to support the local Old Station Volunteer Fire Department.