‘Friends and Farmers’ fundraiser benefits county VFDs

Dorchester Banner/Susan M. Bautz  The bed races last year were so captivating that local celebs wanted to participate in this year’s Farmers & Friends fundraiser. From left: State Senator Addie Eckardt, Delegate Johnny Mautz, and radio personality Troy Hill. All three good sports regularly attend local events and always have a great time.

Dorchester Banner/Susan M. Bautz
The bed races last year were so captivating that local celebs wanted to participate in this year’s Farmers & Friends fundraiser. From left: State Senator Addie Eckardt, Delegate Johnny Mautz, and radio personality Troy Hill. All three good sports regularly attend local events and always have a great time.


EAST NEW MARKET — If you have never seen a bed race you don’t know what you’ve missed. They are raucous, exciting, fun, and yes, potentially dangerous. These beds are not easy to steer, especially in 93 degree heat with five or six strapping young people pushing as fast as they can to beat the competition. At the 2nd annual “Farmers and Friends Supporting Dorchester Fire Departments” day at the East New Market fire station, beds were created by volunteers from East New Market fire company, Linkwood-Salem fire company, and Turner Farms.

The fundraiser featured not only the much anticipated bed races, but included corn hole competitions, a tug of war, relay games, plus food and beverages. It was indeed “family fun for all ages.” The $10 admission fee was donated to participating fire companies and well worth the price for a day of fun.

“Farmers and Friends Supporting Dorchester Fire Departments” day was chaired by Farmers and Friends’ members Libby Nagel, Judy Andrews, Kele Turner, Donna Payne, Shayne Meyer, and Rodney Helmer. The group has sponsored fundraisers in the past like “Hampers of Hope” for Hurricane Sandy victims and “Seeds of Hope” for veterans.

According to Ms. Nagel, the event is “Friends and Farmers way for the farming community to give back to the county for what they do. Each participating fire company will get money from this and we can show our appreciation.”

Taking part in this year’s event were volunteer fire companies from: East New Market, Linkwood-Salem, Church Creek, Secretary, and Eldorado-Brookview.

Susan Bautz is a freelance writer for the Dorchester Banner.

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