Rossburg community shows support at annual ice cream social


ROSSBURG — The 59th annual Rossburg Fireman’s Social was dubbed a success by Fire Chief Doug Cothran and others who addressed the crowd Saturday night.

He thanked not only the firefighters, their families and volunteers, but he also thanked the community for supporting the department.

“A lot of departments don’t get that support,” he said.

Other fire departments in attendance included Ansonia and Versailles.

The auxiliary netted $2,200 off of its pie auction, which Jeri Widener said it was a good year and the second-best year ever, even though the auxiliary made a little more last year at just over $2,300.

A peanut butter pie, with ice cream, went for the highest bid at $258.

“Our money will be used to update all of the bathrooms,” said Carla Cothran, president of the auxiliary.

The highest-priced item to be auctioned off throughout the evening was a campground gift card from A&E Campgrounds in Bellefontaine for $375. Joe Widener was the highest bidder on that.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Rossburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Featured along the food line were Rocky’s Barbecue Chicken. homemade ice cream, sandwiches, pies and cakes.

A kiddie tractor pull was brought inside the firehouse because of rain, and there were other games, bingo, Paul Mueller’s Kettle Corn, a petting zoo, a barrel train belonging to Bill Staugler and a raffle.

Renee Bulcher Seibert entertained this year. One of the humorous highlights of the evening was when Firefighter Robbie Widener requested the song “Strawberry Wine,” for a couple’s dance with him ending up with Joe Schmitz as a partner, after which that circle kept getting bigger with other firefighters joining, including Capt. Doug Cothran. It was then a kick line was formed and the crowd roared.

By Linda Moody

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