Reno VFD holds annual social

The fun begins at 4 p.m. Saturday behind car lot

It’s a summer classic, supporting your local volunteer firefighters through ice cream, country stores and bingo.

“It’s a fundraiser to keep things running,” said Seth Deem, 29, of Reno, who’s a volunteer firefighter for Reno’s department. “All the funding volunteer departments get are from fundraisers and our tax levy.”

The Reno Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual social Saturday behind Pioneer Chevrolet on Pike Street beginning at 4 p.m.

“What we raise goes toward equipment, maintenance and general needs of the station,” said Christine Lisk, head of the women’s auxiliary for the department. “We get people coming from all over the county because they know the value of the volunteer departments and so they spend their summer going from social to social to show their support.”

Lisk has been coordinating the food and volunteers for the event over the past few weeks and said all the staples of the Reno Firemen’s Social will be back again this year.

“We have a huge country store, lemon shakes, ice cream, pies, pizza, hay rides, raffles, kids games like a fish pond and inflatables and barrel rides,” she explained. “It’s a great time to socialize and bring a lawn chair to stay a while.”

The annual event will also boast a dunk tank, bingo and live music from the local band Pickin’ On Country.

“It’s been a continuous event since 1958,” said Reno Fire Chief Dan Ritchey. “All your fire departments need these because they’re a big portion of our budgets.”

Ritchey said the social raises between $25,000 and $26,000 each year and hopes that trend continues in spite of projected rain Saturday.

“We put up a big tent and people come together just to enjoy seeing each other for the night,” he said. “All the events, the music and tractor pulls all start at 4 p.m.”

If you go

¯ What: Reno Firemen’s Social

¯ When: Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.

¯ Where: Behind Pioneer Chevrolet on Pike Street in Reno.

Source: Reno Fire Chief Dan Ritchey.