Saturday, April 30, Barton County traffic to Olmitz was up as fun-seekers headed north to the Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser. The goal, to build community and raise money for needed equipment for the volunteer firefighters who dedicate their time to keeping the people of Olmitz and the surrounding area safe.
The morning started off with a vendor/craft show, including representatives from Pretty Pieces, Hoisington, as well as Treasures and Stuff and Posh, traveling retailers who provided extra support for the event.
The craft show was followed by a car show that included 11 vehicles entered by area collectors. Curtis Peterson with his 1965 Oldsmobile 442 took first place. Second place went to Tom Schneider’s 1970 Chevelle; Galen Peterson’s 1955 Chevrolet Bel air came in third and Noel Wheetstone with his 1954 Food F-100 took fourth place. Entry fees went to help the Olmitz VFD cause.
The “New Place of Olmitz” served hamburgers and hot dogs during the day. Beginning late afternoon and into the night, a Beer Garden, Hog Feed, Raffle and Street Dance featuring Sister Whiskey provided the entertainment.
“We had a wonderful turnout for all of our events and raised a good amount of money to go to the Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department,” said Sarah Donohue, Olmitz, whose father and husband both serve as firefighters. “We are thankful for everyone who came and shared in our event.”