Upcoming talent show raises
funds for fire department needs
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 4:02 AM
Looking for a hot time in the old town tonight?
Book it to a fiery stage demonstration.
"There will be a fire department 'demonstration' of skills and there will be singing, musical instruments and lots of laughs," said Chatfield firefighter Al Neis, promising a good time at the Chatfield Fire Department's talent show. The annual event is slated this year for Saturday, Oct. 12, during Fire Prevention Week.
Members of the community volunteer their unique talents to help the firefighters keep the giggles and applause rolling.
Neis elaborated on the show's features, stating, "It will be hosted by me - this is my last year - and Ryan Priebe, who will be taking over the lead. So far, there are a couple of firemen performances including 'FDTV,' and we are headlined once again this year by Steve Books of the former Booker Mini Band, and Just for Kix. We still have five more slots open as of Sunday."
The talent show is a fundraiser to raise money for the fire department to buy needed equipment.
"Unlike other fundraising we do, this goes directly to the fire department. We have used it in the past for purchase of new trucks and upgrades in equipment, but there's nothing earmarked for this year's show as of right now," Neis explained. "This is also an important way to highlight Fire Prevention Week, as well as having something fun to do for the community."
The show offers the community a chance to come together and enjoy one another's company, be it onstage or off. There is a Lions Club's beer and brat feed prior to the performance.
Neis particularly likes getting the guys together to do something to make people laugh. "We have a great group of young guys that want to be a part of it and have fun together," he added. "There is something for the entire family at the show. Admission is by free-will donation - people can use the mail-out we recently sent out or just drop by with an envelope with your name on it. We like to place the names in the paper to thank those that support us."
He added, "We truly appreciate the community's support. That is why we do all these things, like run the Western Days beer garden, help with the Western Days parade and stampede, contribute to many fundraisers and have the Trout Classic. We are proud of this community and like to promote this great community."
The Chatfield Firefighters' Talent Show is set for Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Chatfield Center for the Arts' Potter Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is by donation. For more information, one may email Al Neis at firstname.lastname@example.org.