Venena Kennedy and her daughter Sierra pitch pennies at a midway booth at the 2011 Smoke Eaters' Jamboree. This year's Jamboree is to be held Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28. Officials of the Warrensburg Fire Company, which sponsors the event, are now seeking donations of goods and services from area citizens and businesses to be sold at their auction held on the secpnd day of the carnival-like event.
WARRENSBURG Firefighters of the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. are now seeking donations of vehicles, boats, household goods, services, tools equipment — virtually anything of value — to be auctioned off at the upcoming Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree.
The carnival-like event, set for Friday July 27 through Saturday July 28 at the Warrensburg town recreation field, will be the 35th annual Jamboree, a beloved family tradition for generations.
In addition to a midway and rides, the event features games of chance including a money wheel and blackjack.
On Friday July 27, gates open at 6 p.m. — and the annual auction, conducted by Jim Galusha of Thurman, will begin at 6:30 p.m. The bidding is annually competitive for new and used goods as well as services — all donated by local businesses and individuals.
Saturday’s installment of the Jamboree features the local firefighters’ famed chicken barbecue beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the rock music of the AudioStars, a group brought back by popular demand. Fireworks conclude the annual Jamboree.
The entrance fee and proceeds of the auction benefit the Warrensburg Fire Company’s community activities, which include sponsoring youth sports teams and holiday dinners for area citizens.
To donate items for the auction, call the Warrensburg firehouse at 623-9976 and leave a message. Pickup of large items can be arranged, fire company president Kevin Geraghty said.
“Each year we are impressed by the generosity of area citizens and businesses, and this year — as it’s our 35th annual event — we’ll again be counting on people to step up and donate,” he said.