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Hickory Grove VFD selling hash to raise cash | Elementary school Relay for Life team raising funds with yard sale

Hickory Grove Park on Wylie Avenue is the place to be Saturday morning for barbecue aficionados and yard sale junkies.

The volunteer fire department will hold its annual Hash and BBQ Sale and Antique Tractor Show there beginning at 8 a.m. this Saturday. The 20 teachers on the Hickory Grove/Sharon Elementary School Relay for Life Team will sponsor “Hickory Grove’s Largest Yard Sale” in conjunction with the hash sale.

“I’m not sure how long it’s been going on,” HGVFD Chief Kenny Gilfillan said about the annual event. “It’s been more years than I have fingers and toes though.”

He suggests anyone that wants hash or barbecue show up early.

“Some years we see folks getting here at 5 a.m.,” he said.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, and runs until 2 p.m., or until all the food is gone. Hash and barbecue is $7 per pint. It will also be available by the sandwich along with sausage biscuits, hot dogs and hamburgers. For more information contact the department at 925-2706.

The hash and barbecue sale has been the department’s primary fund-raiser for decades now. The firefighters use it to supplement the approximately $13,000 the department gets each year for operating expenses from York County, Gilfillan said.

The county funds pay for fuel, equipment and payments for utilities and the building the department uses.

“You have to be tight (with the budget),” he said “If it wasn’t for these fund-raisers you’d have to wait on a lot of things.”

When the fund-raiser started it brought in about $100 a year, which was a significant amount 40 or more years ago. In recent years the annual event had added a few thousand dollars to the department’s bank account, Gilfillan said.

Within the next few years Gilfillan said the department hopes to be able to open a substation to expand the area it covers now beyond the five mile radius from the existing station.

Sharing success

In the beginning the volunteer fire department ran the whole show. It began adding events after the first few years, including the antique tractor show, craft and bake sales and a yard sale. However each additional event didn’t do much to affect the total amount the department raised each year, so Gilfillan said, it turned parts of the event over to other groups.

This year the Relay for Life team at Hickory Grove/Sharon Elementary School is running the yard sale portion of the event.

“We’ve been doing the Relay team for at least five years,” Mary Beth Harper said. “We raised $13,000 last year, we’re trying to meet or exceed that goal this year.”

In addition to running its own booth at the sale with various donated items, Relay Team t-shirts and a 50-50 raffle, the team also gets the $10 fee charged to other vendors Saturday. The raffle winner will not be drawn until the evening of this year’s Western York County Relay for Life on Saturday, May 1 at York Comprehensive High School stadium, so ticketys can be purchased after the sale this weekend.

Vendors don’t pay the registration fee until the sale on Saturday, Harper said, and last minute vendors are welcome. All vendors need to be at the park 7 a.m. Saturday to set upo, Harper said. Vendors are responsible for providing their own tables, chairs and other supplies.

For more information contact Harper at mharper@york.k12.sc.us.