Winchuck Fire Departments annual chicken barbecue and auction fundraiser had a lower turnout than previous years, but because of donations and a matching grant from Lutheran Brotherhood 8323, the event equaled previous years.

Tom Taylor, Winchuck Volunteers treasurer, said more than 400 people were served, down from the usual 500, consuming most of the 688 pounds of chicken that was ordered at $1.14 a pound. After the meals of fire-roasted chicken, coleslaw, pork and beans, rolls, lemonade and milk were served, 225 pieces of chicken were sold to take home.

At $1 a piece, with each piece weighing nearly a pound, it was a community service, Taylor said of the chicken that was sold.

A silent auction and a regular auction raised $1,000, Taylor said. The regular auction consisted of merchandise donated by Brookings-Harbor businesses.

Add the sales of pies, which amounted to about $390, said Bobbie Gross, and the event grossed $5,000, Taylor said. Expenses usually amount to $2,000, but following a $1,000 grant from Lutheran Brotherhood, the fire department should add about $4,000 to its special projects fund.

Last year the department began construction of a potable water storage tank. Taylor said the proceeds from the event should pay for the completion of the project.

The intent of having a water storage area is to allow residents of the Winchuck River Valley to be self-sufficient in the event of an emergency, Taylor said.

It was evident people in the valley work together when organizing an event or when a crisis occurs, even if the event requires residents baking pies and the emergency involves coleslaw.

Gross said the community contributed 58 pies, 10 cakes and four plates of brownies.

We sold lots of whole pies, Gross said. She believes the sale of whole pies or pies by the slice was split down the middle.

She believes the sale of pies went well.

It was wonderful, she said. We sold out shortly after 2 p.m.

Winchuck residents provided pies made from apples, berries, cherries, plums, blackberries, strawberries and rhubarbs, Gross said.

The effort began when Gross called residents of the valley to get commitments to bake a pie. The fire department purchased the pans, which were distributed to the bakers, she said.

Pies were gethered the morning of the event and sales began just before noon, Gross said.

The barbecue was a good neighborhood get-together, Gross said. She said she was thankful for the help she received.

Janice Gober also was thankful.

Gober was in charge of making the coleslaw, but at 10 a.m. it turned out the shipment only had lettuce.

Gober said she had to come into Brookings to buy 80 pounds of red and green cabbage, and carrots. When it started to run low, she had to go back and buy another 20 pounds.

Fortunately the shipment included the coleslaw dressing, she said.

Girls from the Rail Riders 4-H group and their leader, Tracey Hedenskog, who were there to serve food and help raffle a car, went to the chore of cutting up the vegetables in food processors and making last-minute coleslaw, Gober said.

When the food was being served, coleslaw was continually being made. The fax paus caused a delay in wrapping plasticware and moist towlettes into a napkin, but other volunteers came in to help, she said.

The 4-H girls were busy selling raffle tickets for a 1990 Ford Mustang convertable donated by Brookings-Harbor Ford. Gober estimated the total has reached about $4,000. Proceeds from the raffle are to go toward repairing the livestock pavilion roof at the Curry County fairgrounds in Gold Beach.

The drawing was Monday night. The winner is to be announced later, Gober said.

Karen Clark, publicist for the event, said Gober needs a medal of honor she went beyond the call of duty.

Entertainment was provided by Dorian James on a wind synthesizer. He played a variety of easy listening tunes, creating the sound of a different solo instrument to correspond with the tune.

People could bid on restaurant packages in a silent auction.

Laurie Calef came in her Curry County Search and Rescue Team uniform and had a display about the team.

Four cars were displayed from the Curry County Cruisers.

Also on display were Greyhounds. People could see the dogs and read literature about adopting a retired racing dog.