Party time in Ruhenstroth |

Party time in Ruhenstroth

by Karen Brier

Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Babcock wants to remind us that it’s that time of the year again — time for our 23rd annual BBQ Dinner and Dance.

The party is July 12 at the fire station located at 2008 Pinto Circle. They’ll be serving their traditional menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, cole slaw, Jethro’s famous baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon, dessert, coffee and orange drink .

This year there will be a few minor changes. First, they changed the hours of the event. They will serve dinner from 4-8 p.m. and the dance and activities associated with it from 8-11 p.m.

For the first time in 22 years economics have forced a slight raise in prices — but still a bargain at $8 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and younger.

As always, they will have door prizes and offer a silent auction of a variety of different items donated by local merchants and neighbors. They haven’t received all of our donation requests as of yet, but are hopeful that those companies that have supported them in the past will continue to do so.The grand prize is a two-night stay, entertainment and dining package provided by Harrah’s Harveys Lake Tahoe. They will, of course, have four door prizes in total, and many raffle prizes generously donated by our local merchants.

Music will be provided by DJ specialists Dyna-Mic Duo, Randy and Theresa Daggs. They have been friends of the event for many years and make the entertainment fun. This event is always good fun and a perfect time to visit with neighbors and friends.

All profits go to support the volunteers who help to protect our lives and property and purchase items such as uniforms, badges, caps, T-shirts, personal gear for extended deployment for wildland fires.

Station needs and supplies are funded by donations as well as recruitment efforts. They also try to support community events like the Carson Valley food drive in December, the East Fork Fire and Paramedics Districts Burn Victim Fund and other community needs as they arise and we are able to participate.

They will have information available if anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter.

Ruhenstroth, and every other East Fork Fire Volunteer Stations are always in need of volunteers, particularly this year when we have had more red flag warning days this June than any other June John said he can recall.

Red flag warning days are when high winds and low humidity cause extreme fire danger at a record setting pace. The extreme drought conditions in our area continue to be of great concern and the risk of wildland fires has never been at this level. Let’s be very careful out there.

The volunteers for the event meet every Thursday at the fire station at 7 p.m. To join, stop by any Thursday.

To make a donation or get more information, please contact John at 775-315-8838 or

Reach Karen Brier at, or 790-0072.