July is quickly approaching and so is the annual Fourth of July Firemen’s Barbecue hosted by the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department at the firehall. For over 30 years the firemen have shown their appreciation for the community that supports them and this year is no different. On Thursday, July 4, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m., the firemen will be serving burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, beans and a beverage at the fire hall. 

“The department does this as a community give back,” said Fire Chief Todd Howell. “We will have our famous sweet corn, hamburgers and tasty, quarter pound hot dogs for our traditional free will offering.”

Last year’s car show debut was a great hit with all and will be returning again this year. Car show registration gets underway at 9 a.m. and will be wrapping up at 10 a.m. the morning of the barbecue. There is a $5 registration fee.

“Anything over that registration fee will be a donation to the fire department,” said Howell. “The car show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. that afternoon.”

Howell commends the active volunteer firemen under his command, sharing that hosting the barbecue is entirely a group effort and with everyone pitching in to make it happen.

“Our biggest challenge for the barbecue is putting it all together and pulling it off in three hours,” said Howell with a smile. “Believe it or not, we have a few hundred people that come to this every year and wouldn’t miss it, that and the rest of the folks we get, it is very easy to serve between 600 and 800 people!Me, personally, my favorite part is seeing and talking to all the people who come.”

This year’s barbecue is sure to see just as many people as years past, or more, as many make their way to the fire hall to enjoy the traditional Fourth of July barbecue next Thursday.

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