The Citizens for a Better Williams presented the Williams Volunteer Firefighters Association with a check totally $4,274 from the proceeds following the organization’s first ‘Badge Challenge Rib Cook-off’ held in August.
Five teams competed in the Badge Challenge pinning the best cooks of the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department and the Williams Fire Department against Team McKasson, Granzella’s Inc, and the Maxwell Parks & Recreations Dept.
“I would like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the first Badge Challenge,” said Citizens for a Better Williams President, Pat Ash.
The event served a total of 275 dinners.
The Badge Challenge Rib Cook-off was the brainchild of Cliff Harlow, who brought the idea to the group.
“We would like to thank Cliff for all of his hard work in organizing the event,” said Ash.
Proceeds from the ‘Badge Challenge Rib Cook-off’ will benefit the Williams Fire Department and their efforts to restore “Old Engine #1”.
A 1929 Dodge Brothers Fire Truck will soon be given new life with the help of the support from the community.
Having a long history of fire fighting, engine #1 was purchased from Princeton Fire Department in the 1980’s after its discovery.
“The engine was stored in an old garage next to the auto parts store,” said Supervisor Mark Marshall, who served as the department’s Assistant Fire Chief, “we brought it home, painted it up and it served many years as our parade vehicle.”
The truck was put into storage for a few years and when recovered the truck needed some repairs from the frame up.
The Williams Fire Department hopes to restore the truck to resemble its glory days, but will forever remain as a parade vehicle, proudly displaying the department’s history and heritage.