Pullin’, Peelin’ & Pickin’: Double-barreled fundraiser March 3 in Dagsboro

DAGSBORO — An alarm is sounding for a double-barreled fundraiser that is growing with age.

Auctioneer Robert Kauffman, left, directs bidding as Bryan Townsend points to the next high bidder for a coconut cake at the 2017 event.

The 2018 edition of Pullin’, Peelin’ & Pickin’ supporting the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department and Good Ole Boy Foundation is set for Saturday, March 3.

The 21-and-over event features food, drink, silent and live auctions and entertainment again staged by the Bo Dickerson Band, back by popular demand for another encore performance.

It will run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Dagsboro Fire Station 73 on Clayton Street, playing to a “Getting’ Piggy with it, Fourth Alarm” theme.

Tickets are $40 in advance; $45 at the door.

The initial event in 2015 drew about 750 patrons. Last year’s attendance was 1,200.

Stacie Street holds this black lab pup that was among the live auction attractions.

Patrons will have a chance to win a Suzuki 400 4-wheeler, 4-wheel drive with trailer.

“It has grown over the years,” said Bryan Townsend, event chairman for the Dagsboro VFD. “It’s a great event.”

Food includes staples all-you-can-eat pulled pork via Hocker’s and shrimp cooked by the steaming crew from the Showell Volunteer Fire Department in neighboring Maryland.

Auctions, which will again include guns and other popular mainstays, include a new twist. This year, there’s something for the ladies, like coolers filled with LuLaRoe merchandize.

“In years past we didn’t have auction items to reach out for the women. This year we have auction items that women will want to participate in,” said Mr. Townsend. “It’s going to be a chance for them to participate in our auctions where in the past they’d sit there and watch their husbands.”

Patrons will have a chance to win a Suzuki 400 4-wheeler, 4-wheel drive with trailer. The trailer is sponsored by Weller’s Utility Trailers in Bridgeville.

Bo Dickerson Band will be making their third Pullin’, Peelin’ & Pickin’ performance. Rickards Restoration in Millsboro is the band sponsor.

Sponsorship tables are $600 each, which include a reserved table, eight tickets and eight T-shirts, chances to win the 4-wheeler and trailer and other goodies.

“With the community’s support for this event the money raised goes back to helping the communities that we serve,” said Mr. Townsend. “That is both the Good Ole Boys and the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department.”

In recent years, unique auction items have spurred competitive bidding.

Last year, a colossal cake — named Bucky the Beaver — made by Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department EMT Diane Carey was bought and donated back four times. After five bidding rounds it had amassed a grand total of $2,300. Then, the cake was cut and eaten.

“It is a fun evening with lots of entertainment,” said Mr. Townsend.

Bo Dickerson pulls the first winning 50/50 raffle ticket at the 2017 fundraiser. Josh Wharton holds the bucket.

Sponsors as of Feb. 9 include Hocker’s, Weller’s Utility Trailers, Fred West Farms, Boulevard Ford, Sussex Ventures, H & R Block, Billy Reese/State Farm Insurance, Rolland Marvel Farms, Calhoun Farms, Extreme Measures, Blades HVAC, K and M Electric, Neighbor Electric, Truck Store, Pyramid, Oliphant Builders, Alistair Probert, Schirmes, K & D Distributing, Sussex Irrigation, Rickards Restoration, Millsboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram/Bully Frog Custom’s.

“We have a lot returning sponsors and a lot new sponsors coming on board to support us.”

For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Bryan Townsend at 381-7329 or Josh Wharton at 245-7893.

Tickets can also be purchased at Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or from DVFD staff or Good Ole Boy Foundation members.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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