CHESTER - Before the Fall Bash, there were bingo and a host of other events held to benefit Chester Volunteer Fire Department.
Now the Chester VFD is gearing up for its ninth annual Fall Bash, and as in previous years, hoping for yet another sellout of the 10,000, $100 tickets. The 2010 Fall Bash will be Sept. 18, once again in The Harv at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.
Tickets are now on sale. Ticket application packets are available at the fire station, 371 Carolina Ave., or online at www.chestervfd.net. For more information on the Fall Bash, call 304-387-2796.
Since the Fall Bash began, firefighters have raised enough money to renovate the fire station from top to bottom, Fire Chief John Hissam said.
They have purchased a hovercraft and new rescue boats, replaced the system used to fill the firefighters' air tanks, and purchased new equipment and gear for each firefighter.
Hissam said the firefighters appreciate all the businesses and the citizens of Chester who support all the fire department's efforts.
The Fall Bash is important because the fire department has to keep up with current trends and training regulations to remain viable, Hissam said.
On the apparatus floor the department has a new 75-foot aerial truck and a new pumper, both as a result of previous Fall Bash events, the chief said.
Because Chester is a river city, the firefighters also train in river rescue and have been able to purchase the hovercraft and new flat-bottomed boats that can be linked together.
At the Fall Bash this year there will be food and beverage tents outside as well as the opportunity for food and drink inside while the drawings are taking place, Hissam said. Doors open at 9 a.m.
Drawings will begin at noon and take place every five minutes until the final drawing at 5:30 p.m., which will be for $100,000 cash.
There will be two special early bird drawings of $5,000 each at 11 a.m. Anyone who purchases Fall Bash tickets before May 1 will be eligible.
Hissam said another option is that anyone who purchases at least one $100 ticket will be eligible to purchase as many $25 tickets as they want. Each $25 ticket will go into a drawing for a special package of 100 of the $100 tickets. The drawing for the 100 pack of $100 tickets will take place at 3 p.m.
Throughout the day there will be several cash drawings for $5,000 up to the final $100,000 drawing at 5:30 p.m. At 5 p.m. there will be a drawing for 10 $1,000 cash winners.
In between will be a variety of prizes, including rifles and other weapons, and numerous vehicles.
There are Suzuki Kingquads, Harley Davidson motorcycles, vehicles by Lexus, BMW, GMC, Volvo, Acura, Porsche and Land Rover. In all prize drawings, winners also have the option to take a cash prize instead.
Ticket holders don't have to be present at the time of the drawing to win their prize, but will have 30 days after the event to claim their prize, Hissam said.
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