Party hearty! Pull’n, Peel’n & Pick’n fundraiser a hit record

DAGSBORO — They certainly partied hearty in Dagsboro Saturday night.

The fourth annual Pull’n, Peel’n & Pick’n fundraiser supporting the Good Ole Boy Foundation and Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department was one for the record book.

The six-hour, 21-and-over event drew well over 1,200 patrons who danced, bid on a slew of auction items and feasted on steamed shrimp, pulled pork and assorted sides.

“I am going to say it was a record-setting crowd,” said Bryan Townsend, event chairman for the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department.

For those keeping stats, patrons consumed 50 plus kegs of beer, 900 pounds of shrimp and 600 pounds of pulled pork.

One lucky winner left with a Suzuki 400 four-wheeler, and a trailer donated by Weller’s Utility Trailers. Another event goer won a vacation package.

Of course, there was a dose of puppy love. A cuddly female German Shorthaired Pointer found a “fur-ever” home after fetching a high bid of $2,200.

The Bo Dickerson Band not only provided entertainment, but a donated guitar signed by Bo Dickerson himself raised a whopping $2,900; an initial $1,500 and after it was donated back another $1,400.

A small arsenal of guns drew feverish bidding.

Four chances on a mystery gun safe — all claimed by the same bidder — raised a total of $10,400.

Other guns each raised more than $2,000 apiece. All winners receive their weapon winnings upon background check passage.

Shrimp was prepared by crews from the Showell Volunteer Fire Department. “Without them the event wouldn’t be as successful as it is,” said Mr. Townsend.

Major sponsors included Hocker’s, Rickards Restoration, Atlantic Pumping and Iron Source along with numerous other businesses and supporters.

There was a downer. Becky the Beaver, a huge multi-tiered cake, made it to the fire station safe and sound but subsequently sustained “structural malfunction.” She never made it to the auction block. “It kind of fell apart,” said Mr. Townsend.

Last year, a Bucky the Beaver cake raised several thousand dollars.

Organizers are looking ahead to 2019 for an early March event with plans for sufficient seating to accommodate another anticipated large turnout.

“Our auctions were a great success. It was a great time. Everybody enjoyed themselves,” Mr. Townsend said. “It is amazing what it has turned into. It has grown bigger than I ever thought it would be. And it does allow us to raise some substantial funds.”

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