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Ruhenstroth annual barbecue benefits fire department

by Karen Brier

John Babcock, chief of our Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department, shared this information about the 22nd annual fundraiser on July 13.

There will be a barbeque dinner and dance with dinner available from 4 to 8 p.m. The menu includes mouth-watering hamburgers and hot dogs with cole slaw, Jethro’s famous baked beans, corn on the cob and watermelon, followed by desert and coffee or orange drink. The price is surprisingly low at only $6 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under.

“This is an amazing price because we haven’t raised our ticket price in the 22 years since we first started the annual BBQ and Dinner/Dance,” Babcock said. “Our focus has always been on a friendly, neighborhood event and the opportunity to recruit a few new volunteers. But do bring extra cash for the bar where we will be offering adult beverages, sodas and bottled water for sale.”

There will also be a silent auction with a variety of items, many of which are donated by our terrific local merchants. Three door prizes will be awarded: first place is a two-night stay at Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe, including dinner and a show valued at almost $500. Second prize will be a one night King Spa Suite for 2, dinner credit of $25, breakfast credit of $25, plus four free games of bowling at Gold Dust West valued at over $200. Third prize is a one night stay at Topaz Lodge with dinner for two at the Steak House, valued at $150. Music will be provided once again by our good friends Randy and Theresa Daggs – better known as the Dyno “Mic” Duo. Don’t forget the hoola-hoop contest for kids of all ages, and to check out the information about becoming a volunteer fire fighter. RVFD and every other East Fork Fire Volunteer Stations are always in need of volunteers. As always there will be lots of good fun and a perfect time to visit with neighbors and friends.

“Today most of our budget is provided through the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District, but important items such as uniforms, badges, caps, tee shirts, personal gear for extended deployment for wildland fires, station needs and supplies are funded only by donations and recruitment efforts,” Babcock said. “That means the annual fundraiser is just as important today to the success of our eight volunteer fire departments.”

The RVFD also supports community events like the Carson Valley Food Drive in December, the East Fork Fire and Paramedics Districts Burn Victim Fund, as well as other community needs as they arise.

“Our ability to participate when needed is dependent on the funds we raise each year,” Babcock said. “We also need volunteers and as always, donations of any kind are appreciated.”

For anyone who would like to donate an item to the silent auction please contact Babcock at 315-8838 or

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and enjoying a pleasurable night with our neighbors – come out and join us.

Reach Karen Brier at, or 790-0072.