BY BILL SCHLICHTING
PILOT STAFF WRITER
About $8,000 was raised at the Winchuck Volunteers' 22nd Annual Barbecue and Auction Sunday afternoon.
After expenses, including enough chicken for 600 dinners, the volunteers netted about $4,500, according to treasurer Tom Taylor.
He said some of that would go into the 20-year-old roof of the Winchuck Fire Hall, which is owned by the Winchuck Volunteers, not the taxing district.
Previous years' barbecues have helped the volunteers paint the building and develop a drinkable water supply that could also be used in disaster situations.
For the third year in a row, said barbecue chair Lucille Devine, the volunteers will also provide two $1,000 scholarships to the Brookings-Harbor Scholarship Foundation.
"We're a community organization," Devine said. "If we want the community to support us, we need to support the community."
Support is exactly what the volunteers got Sunday with a silent auction, rummage sale, live auction, beverage bar, pie sale, and especially the barbecue chicken lunch.
Taylor said the tents the volunteers purchased last year provided shade and encouraged people to stay around longer for all events.
Many relaxed under the tents and used the clackers handed out by the volunteers to applaud musicians like the Jefferson State Boondock Band, the Wild River Ramblers, and several individuals, including Devine's husband Perry.
Door prizes were awarded all day, and people could even get their well water tested for free by Oregon State University Extension Watershed Management Agent Frank Burris.
Burris said he tested samples for nitrates, which indicate if surface water is getting into ground water.
Actually, he said, he'd never tested a bad sample of water in the Winchuck River area, calling the water quality there "exceptional."
Also considered exceptional were the pies baked and sold by the volunteers. Bobbie Gross, who has long organized the pie booth, was given an award by Devine.
Devine was pleased by the turnout, and thanked the community, businesses, and organizations that donated time, effort or merchandise.
Taylor said, "As treasurer, I can see places where we could cut corners and make a few more dollars, but we don't, because it's become a grand event for the community."