Minburn firefighters serve savory soups in annual MERT fundraiser

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Serving up piping-hot soups and tasty pies and bars at the annual Minburn Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser Saturday were, from left, firefighters Dan Case, Marti West, Kris Fitch and Jon West.

A steady stream of diners passed through the basement of the Minburn United Methodist Church mid-day Saturday for the 2016 Minburn Volunteer Fire Department soup-and-sweets fundraiser.

Minburn Volunteer Fire Department member Greg Burkett, who said he has attended the annual event for at least 35 years, said attendance this year was strong.

“We started at 11 a.m.,” Burkett said, “and by noon we were pretty well full. It’s been pretty steady.”

Soups served included split pea, potato and two kinds of chili, mild and milder. A relish tray complemented the soups, and cookies, cakes, pies and bars followed after.

Free-will offerings raised at the event support the Minburn Emergency Response Team (MERT) equipment fund.

A steady stream of diners filled the basement of the Minburn United Methodist Church Saturday for the Minburn Volunteer Fire Department's annual soup fundraiser.
A steady stream of diners filled the basement of the Minburn United Methodist Church Saturday for the Minburn Volunteer Fire Department’s annual soup fundraiser.
Borne in on the north wind were Perry-area connoisseurs of community cook-offs, service-group suppers and church meals in all forms, from left, Doug Wood, Dan Haymond and Duane Griffith. Haymond's grandson, Tryston Stiles, 10, is a connoisseur in training.
Borne in on the north wind were Perry-area connoisseurs of community cook-offs, service-group suppers and church meals in all forms, from left, Doug Wood, Dan Haymond and Duane Griffin. Haymond’s grandson, Tristyn Stiel of Perry, 8, is a connoisseur in training.

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