The Midway Volunteer Fire Department held their 26th Annual “Po Boy” steak dinner and dance on Saturday night.
“We’re not tax-based and we don’t receive as much money from the county as a lot of other fire departments typically would,” said Chief Edwin Faw, who has been with the department for 28 years, the last four as chief. “If we don’t hold events like this, we don’t survive. If the community isn't involved, it puts us in a bind. This is very important.”
This is one of three fundraisers the department typically holds throughout the year. Attendees either prepaid for their $40 tickets or purchased them at the door and were served a 24 ounce T-bone steak with all the trimmings. Attendees could take their meal to go or enjoy it at the event.
Prior to the performing of the band “Shiloh” along with the dancing portion of the evening, Faw and assistant fire chief Billy Blow acknowledged all of the sponsors who have showed their support for the department and presented each of them with a plaque. Much of the crowd was comprised of those who represented these sponsors and they accepted the plaques on behalf of their company or organization.
“I want to thank everyone for coming out because we had a great turnout tonight,” said Faw as he addressed the crowd. “You are all the reason we can continue to operate here and we want to give our sponsors the recognition they deserve.”
Plaques were also awarded to the fireman of the year and lifetime member of the year, which was decided by all of the Midway firefighters.
Fireman of the year was awarded to Matthew Faw while the lifetime member recognition award was given to Judge “Butch” McDaniel. Rex Newkrik received a continuous service award for 5 years dedication while Carolyn Blow and Cliff LeBlanc received theirs for 10 years.
The event has grown over the years and has been quite successful. Other fundraisers put on by the Midway Fire Department have traditionally included a fish fry and fireworks as well as a cookout.