Listed are a few of the events held by and for the Chester Volunteer Fire Department. Dates and times may vary.

Memorial/Labor Day BarbequeEdit


The open charcoal fire pit for the semi-annual barbeques.

This is a semi-annual fundraiser to benefit the Chester Volunteer Fire Department. All funds raised go directly towards the department for the purpose of equipment, aide, and other necessary expenditures as the department deems needed.

Chicken is slow-cooked over an open pit charcoal fire for 3 hours and turned by hand (see images to the right.) It is then barbequed and steamed. The result is a moist tasty chicken from a generation-old secret recipe.

Ribs are slow cooked in roasters with a mix of barbeque, peppers, seasons and spices for several hours to make a tender juicy meal.

Side dishes are available by season-generally cole slaw, baked beans, or applesauce.

Home made ice cream is made for each of these two events. Made with real milk, sugar, and other "secret" ingredients, these are a tasty summer treat. Flavors vary by season but often include: vanilla, chocolate, oreo, cherry nut, lemon, and pineapple amongst others.

This event is prepared entirely by the Chester Volunteer Fire Department members, family, and community volunteers. It is a great meal and enjoyable social gathering.

Held every Memorial Day & Veteran's Day. Serving begins at 11a.m. Dine in or carry-out available.

Annual Catfish Tournament Edit

Annual catfish tournament sponsored by the Chester Volunteer Fire Department.

Winners receive tiered cash prize awards.

The event is hosted and all correspondences are completed via the fire house.


Winners of the 2013 Catfish tournament

 Fish FryEdit

The department holds occasional fish fries in order to raise money for general funds. Fish fries often occur during social and community activities including the Chester Shade Days.

Breakfast with SantaEdit

The Chester Volunteer Fire Department holds an annual Breakfast with Santa. This event is generally coordinated by the Junior Fire Department members. It includes a pancake breakfast with Santa arriving and participating in festivities and a great chance for a picture with Santa.

Mr. Newell serving Santa his breakfast

Fire Prevention WeekEdit

Fire Prevention Week is held nationally every year. It is observed the calendar week in which October 9th falls. In 2014, National Fire Prevention Week will be October 5th-11th.

Fire Prevention Week has been celebrated since 1922 to commemorate the tragic 1871 fire in Chicago, Illinois. The blaze killed more than 250 people, left thousands homeless and destroyed more than 2,000 acres of land. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

Fire Prevention Week is utilized to educate the public and especially elementary-aged children. The department volunteers time and supplies in order to encourage children to be safe and not fear firefighters in uniform in the event of an emergency.


Fire Prevention Week at Eastern Elementary School

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