The Wykoff Volunteer Fire Department’s annual chili and grilled cheese sandwich dinner, set for Sunday, Sept. 24, is a great way to close the Fall Fest weekend. 

“We use the money raised in different areas of the department — the truck and equipment fund is where some of the money is going, and we may be buying some windbreakers for the firefighters as well,” stated Wykoff Fire Chief Wade Baker.

Wykoff’s firefighters answer numerous calls throughout the year, including to attend to house and barn fires, and they train as often as possible, updating standards and equipment so that the people they’ve volunteered to protect can be assured of safety if ever someone needs to be rescued.  Holding dinners and other fundraisers allows the volunteers to be prepared. 

The feed is held at the Community Center on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. or until the food is gone. The menu includes chili and grilled cheese sandwiches plus a dessert, and it is by free will donation for the Wykoff Fire Department. 

Also, firefighters will be selling 50-50 raffle tickets all weekend, and the drawing is held at 7 p.m. at the chili feed. People can see any firefighter to purchase tickets, and they don’t have to be at the feed to win.   

Baker noted that the chili feed is a chance for neighbors and friends to come together for a meal before the end of the weekend’s festivities and that it gives them the opportunity to support the local fire department. 

“We have a great group of firefighters on the department – we hope that people will come down and meet them and have a bite to eat,” he said.    

Other eats

Additionally, there’s Fall Fest eats at the Community Hall on Saturday, Sept. 23, as the Wykoff United Methodist Church holds its annual German dinner — complete with hot German potato salad, sloppy joes and pie — from 11 a.m. until gone, to garner funds for the church’s ministries such as mission outreach.

The Wykoff Lions Club serves up brats and beer at the Fire Hall following the grand parade. 

The Wykoff Area Historical Society will be at the fire hall as well, scooping up ice cream from noon to 3 p.m.  On Sunday morning, from 8 a.m. to noon, WAHS hosts its breakfast — featuring a menu of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage and pancakes, milk, juice and coffee — as a fundraiser.  WAHS member Mary Sackett stated, that the group is trying to raise money for the restoration of Ed’s Museum, which will be open from noon until 2 p.m.

For more information on where to find good eats to benefit local organizations, check out the schedule elsewhere in this special edition.