After nearly three decades, the Colusa Firefighters Association’s annual crab and steak feed were back Saturday where it started – in the engine bay of the Market Street Fire Station.
The Colusa Fire Department accommodated a more intimate gathering of some 200 people, about half the number that typically attended the event when it was held at the Colusa County Fairgrounds, but downsizing helped firefighters do what they set out to do – serve hot cooked steaks off the grill and ice-chilled crab to a hungry crowd.
Moving the crab feed back to the station also served another purpose, said Fire Chief Logan Conley.
“It brings the community back into the Fire Department to see the engines, get to know the firefighters, and be a part of things,” Conley said.
The annual dinner is a fundraiser for a number of sponsored programs of the Firefighters Association, including Santa on Wheels, the Senior Citizen Smoke Detector Program, scholarship awards, and other community activities. It also raises money for the purchase of special equipment and clothing.
Those attending were as generous with their live auction bids as the local merchants and community members who donated the prizes.
Among items up for auction was a San Francisco dinner or brunch cruise for four with a stay at a posh hotel, a set of four tires from Superior Tire, sports memorabilia, a tailgate package from Colusa Meat Market, and multiple opportunities to win a Weatherby 7mm Remington Magnum hunting rifle with bipod, sling, scope, and carrying case.
There were also plenty of raffle prizes, including a Valley Tractor bicycle, gift baskets, and resort passes, as well as a number of exclusive raffles for a 12 gauge shotgun, lever action .22 rifle, and various pistols.
Jim Dunlap was the auctioneer. The Tap Room at ColUSA Made served beer and wine. DJ Arnold Navarro provided music. ■