A tasty tradition will be returning to Millville this weekend, when the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s annual chicken dinner fundraisers kick off Saturday with the first of four such events.
“I got into the fire company in 1980, and they were doing the fried chicken-dinner fundraisers at that time,” recalled MVFC Public Information Officer Bob Powell.
The first of the dinners will be a carryout-style event on Saturday, May 26, beginning at 8 a.m. The “Fried Chicken by the Bucket” will have chicken sold in buckets, ranging in size from four pieces to 20, starting at $5 and going up to $22. Sides, including mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and cucumber salad may be purchased in 16-ounce containers for $3 each.
“Last year, we did a couple of these, and they sold out around early afternoon,” said Powell. “There’s only a certain amount of chicken that we’ll buy and cook, and we’ll sell until we’re sold out.”
Powell said the fundraisers are extremely important to the volunteer fire company when it comes to having money in the coffers for their general operating costs.
“It’s very important to us because we don’t get a set amount of money that we can operate on all the time,” he said. “We do get appropriations from the State and from the County. Then we’re able to get the grant from Ocean View if we apply and are accepted for it. So, it’s very important that we raise extra money.”
In just two weeks, MVFC will also host the first of two all-you-can-eat dine-in chicken dinners planned this summer, on June 9 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Attendees at the dine-in event will be able to eat fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cucumber salad rolls and iced tea. Carryout will also be available. Tickets for adults will cost $12, while children 11 or younger can eat for $6.
Powell noted that the food is cooked and served by company members. The company currently has 110 members, and more than 50 help with the dinners.
Powell said it’s the oil used to fry the chicken that gives it its great flavor.
“Our chicken is fried in peanut oil. We really enjoy the flavor, and it seems like people really enjoy the flavor.”
Powell said the company doesn’t have a set goal in mind for the fundraiser, but he hopes people will come out to support the fire company’s efforts to serve the community.
“We hope to raise as much as possible. We need all the help we can get so we can meet the needs of the community and the summer visitors,” he said. “It’s good food,” Powell added. “We believe we have the best friend chicken going – and don’t pass it up!”
The Millville Volunteer Fire Company will hold three more “Chicken by the Bucket” fundraisers, on June 30, Sept. 1 and Oct. 6, beginning at 8 a.m. Another eat-in Fried Chicken Dinner will be held on July 14.
The Millville Volunteer Fire Company is located on Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Millville. For more information, call (302) 537-9107 or visit www.millville84.com.