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Fire Fighter Appreciation Day Is Saturday

A special day is scheduled Saturday to show appreciation for all of the hard working volunteer fire fighters in the county. The public is invited to attend and support the volunteers.

A special day is scheduled on Saturday to show appreciation for the county’s volunteer fire fighters. Yalobusha County Volunteer Fire Fighter Appreciation Day will be held at the Yalobusha Country Club and volunteers and their families are invited to come out and enjoy the day. EMA Director Frank Hyde, Water Valley Fire Chief Mark McGavock and Country Club Manager Tony Chandler are coordinating the event. 

Volunteer fire fighters and their families are invited to come out and spend the day at the Country Club, including a meal at 6 p.m. 

The event is also a fundraiser for the fire departments and the public is invited to get involved in the exciting line-up. A four-man golf scramble gets underway at 8 a.m. The cost is $400 per team. The payout is $1,600 for the winning team, $800 for second place and $400 for third place.  A corn hole tournament is also scheduled for $50 per team. 

Hamburgers and hotdogs will also be available for $5 a plate from the country club kitchen. An hourly raffle is also on the agenda as well as kids’ events.

The highlight of the event will be a golf ball drop at 5 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 each and a numbered golf ball that corresponds to each ticket will be included in a drop from a helicopter or ladder truck. The ball that lands closest to the bull’s eye will win the ticket-holder $1,000. Tickets for the golf ball drop are available at fire departments in the county. They are also available at the North Mississippi Herald, The Humble Bee Café, Mid-Town Auto Parks, the Yalobusha Country Club, all in Water Valley, and Rebel Arms Co. in Oxford.

Hyde, whose duties as the county’s EMA director include fire coordinator, reported there are almost 150 volunteers on rosters of the 10 fire departments in the county. This includes seven county departments – Velma, Pine Valley, Tillatoba, O’Tuck, Skuna Valley, Clear Springs and Sylva Rena; and three municipal departments, Water Valley, Coffeeville and Oakland.

Hyde also reported that the county has dedicated volunteers who spend countless hours day or night responding to wrecks, fires and other emergencies.

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