Benefit planned for volunteer fire department

By Amanda Dodson -

Danbury’s Volunteer Fire Department plays an important role at Hanging Rock State Park, especially in the summer months when the park often operates at capacity level.

“The fire department has always been a great asset,” said park ranger Austin Paul. “We do carry outs from time to time for ill or injured patients on the mountain they’re always there to assist. This is our way to show our appreciation to them.”

On Saturday, July 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hanging Rock Park is hosting a traditional cakewalk at the visitor’s center parking lot. Each cakewalk entry is $1 and various rounds will be hosted for multiple chances to win.

“Desserts are going to be out of this world. Neighbors and a few local businesses are providing them,” Paul said.

Along with the cakewalk Stokes public safety agencies will be there with games and events planned for children. Local musician, Skip Staples will be performing.

Raffle tickets are available and can be purchased in advance for $5 at Hanging Rocks visitor’s center.

Winners will receive two free nights in a rental cabin at Hanging Rock State Park and one canoe or 2 kayak trips through Hammer-Stern Wilderness Preserve provided by the Dan River Company.

Paul became part of the volunteer fire department in January of this year and has seen firsthand the commitment the department provides the northern part of the county.

“I’ve realized the work they do 24 hours a day. We have a very positive working relationship and we want to continue to maintain and develop that. We hope the funds will be used to whatever they deem necessary, whether it’s equipment purchases or however they see fit.”

Paul believes the benefit will raise money for the department and will also serve as a way for Hanging Rock to interact with their neighbors, visitors, park staff, and various agencies.

“I think it’s going to be a fun, downhome event. We hope to provide a safe summer afternoon of activity for all ages.”

For more information contact park ranger Austin Paul at 336-593-8480.

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

By Amanda Dodson

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