Chester Gap: Open house a success

Welcome back friends and neighbors, glad y’all could join me again this week. Let’s catch up on the goings on within our little piece of Rappahannock County, shall we?

Chester Gap EMS Capt. Angelica Vittitow takes blood pressure readings for attendees at the department's open house two weeks agoCourtesy photo
Chester Gap EMS Capt. Angelica Vittitow takes blood pressure readings for attendees at the department’s open house two weeks ago

So the open house hosted by the Chester Gap VFD was a success with a considerably higher number of children in attendance than previous years. The kids and adults alike seemed to thoroughly enjoy the free food and drinks, with the fire department going through well over 130 hotdogs.

Numerous children’s activities were enjoyed such as the conventional ring toss, lucky duck and Frisbee throw. The big hits, however, were the fireman hose roll where youngsters competed for the best time and roll, as well as the gear dressing where they attempted to be ready to fight fire within 90 seconds. A hit with adults and kids alike was the cakewalk, with numerous delicious looking donations awarded as prizes.

Other organizations attending included firefighter-rangers from the Shenandoah National Park and representatives from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, and Front Royal Mascots was kind enough to bring Marshall the Fire Dog, who was a huge hit with the kids and some of the members.

Marshall the Fire Dog poses with some of his young fans on the steps of the Chester Gap Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.Courtesy Photo
Marshall the Fire Dog poses with some of his young fans on the steps of the Chester Gap Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

Also a major highlight was the raffle jars used to award the numerous donated prizes from guided trail rides at Marriott Ranch to meals at local restaurants. Of course, the major raffle was the annual Sportsman’s Raffle with the following prizes and winners: first prize, an Armalite Eagle AR-15, to Jim Williams; second, a Perception Striker Kayak to Tom Clark; third. a Mossberg 500 shotgun to Jerry Williams; fourth, a Savage 64 .22 to Clyde Cornwell; fifth, a set of binoculars to Dave King; and sixth, a SOG Survival Tomahawk to Rob Walker.

The fire department sends it sincere thanks to all who purchased tickets and supported the fundraising event and to all who came out to the open house. And a huge thank you to Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Williams, who spearheaded the event, making numerous telephone calls, visits to local businesses and donors, and organized all of the games and events.

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