End Of Summer Bash Supports Highland County Volunteer Fire Department

First – the bad news – all the fun and excitement of the Highland County Fair will come to an end on Saturday.

And now the good news – that gives everyone a whole week to rest up before the next big event, the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department End of Summer Bash. We spoke with Lieutenant Crystal Waybright of the fire department to learn more.

“We’re doing the End of Summer Firemen’s’ Bash at the firehouse on September 8th, starting at 4:00 pm. We have Bash tickets for sale now, which is 44 different prizes – nothing under $100 in cash value. There’s money, guns, tools, electronics, etc. We will have the 50/50 (raffle), silent auction, Chinese raffle, and a lottery raffle board. We also have a dinner which starts at 4:00 pm, and with the purchase of a ticket, you’ll get a free meal the day of the Bash.

“Tickets are one for $25, or five tickets for $100. You can find the tickets at Stonewall Grocery, Fast Break, Highland-Bath Farm Bureau, Lightners Electrical, and by any of the members. And tickets will also be available at the Bash, and we will not start drawing tickets until after the majority of people have eaten their food. If you don’t purchase a ticket, and you come to the Bash and you want to eat, meals will be $10.”

All proceeds go to a worthy cause.

“Along with the other two fire departments in the county, McDowell and Bolar, we’re all strictly volunteer. So we run strictly on donations, fundraising – the money that we take in from fundraisers is used to replace and update our old equipment, and buy turn-out gear for the firemen, to make our jobs safer while we’re on a fire scene. We are looking to upgrade our tanker – we’ve had several bad structure fires this year, and we have learned that we need more water on the scene, so that’s what we’re trying to do, is upgrade our tanker truck.”

For more information –

“They can contact me, or my father Elmer Waybright, the chief, at our residence, which is 540-468-2269, or we also have a Facebook page, the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department, You’re more than welcome to send us a message – myself or one of the other members will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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