What’s become the new norm for fundraising during a pandemic was no different for the Maxwell Fire Department on Saturday, as their annual crab feed was reduced from a large social gathering to a drive-thru dinner and online auction.
With Colusa County remaining in the purple tier for Covid guidelines, many entities have had no choice but to resort to curb-side pick up for dinner fundraisers.
“We couldn’t risk an outbreak,” said Maxwell Fire Chief Kenny Cohen. “So we had to abide by the mandates of our county.”
Typically a standing room only scenario would be seen at the Maxwell Legion Hall and with that, several days of preparations. Although the crowd was moved from indoors to their vehicles for food pick up, preparation for the event was a lot different.
“We have never had to do this before,” said Firefighter Brett Cabral. “Honestly, this felt like more work than usual. The new way presented challenges but I think we handled it and made the event a success the best we could.”
Holding the crab feed curb-side didn’t detour patrons from the event. A total of 340 tickets were available and the MFD sold out. Ticket holders received two full crabs, salad, beans and garlic bread.
“I’m impressed!” said Cristy Edwards, one of many who waited for firefighters to load crab dinners into their cars. “It worked out really well.”
For the auction portion of the crab feed, bidders logged into Bid Beacon for a chance to grab 40 donated items such as a Traeger Grill Pro, Yeti Coolers, and a Charter Arms Ladies .38 special pistol. The auction ran from Jan.19 to Feb. 6. Patrons could also purchase raffle tickets at the drive-up gate.
“This was my first time participating in the Maxwell Crab Feed,” said Willows residence, Ericka King. “Sad I had to experience it Covid style but none-the-less, it was an easy process and enjoyable environment for pick-up.”
In addition to the absence of socially interacting for the evening, the Fireman of The Year award was also not presented. When asked about the presentation of the award, Cohen stated, “Not this year.” ♣