One of the Pawling community’s favorite traditions will be held on Saturday, February 2, when the Pawling Fire Department (PFD) holds the 22nd annual Sportsman’s Night. The evening provides not only a sumptuous banquet, but also raffles and prizes and is expected to draw a large crowd in support of a worthy cause for the community.
The evening’s festivities will take place at Pawling Station 1, located at 25 South Street. PFD Sportsman’s Night is held the night before the NFL Super Bowl championship game and serves as the department’s largest annual fundraiser. While the Pawling Fire District receives some town funding for the operation of their fire stations, the PFD itself is funded exclusively through fundraising events and donations. The funds raised on Sportsman’s Night are essential to purchase equipment and tools and to pay for training for members and the department’s daily operating expenses.
The menu for the evening will include an all-you-can-eat array of game fare prepared by members of the department, including duck, pheasant, rabbit, and venison. “We do all the preparation and the cooking, and the Auxiliary helps out with prep and serving,” explains PFD Chief Everett White. “There are a lot of late nights for us in the two weeks beforehand.”
In addition to the dinner, the evening will feature a raffle and door prizes including more than $10,000 in outdoor equipment. The grand prize will be a 2018 Polaris Ranger UTV with trailer. Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the night; numerous local dignitaries will also be in attendance.
Sportsman’s Night is expected to draw more than 600 guests and is the product of careful planning by department officials. “We serve 600 people dinner, and then we go back to a working fire house in a number of hours,” explains PFD Deputy Chief Chris Greene. During the event, department vehicles are housed offsite with the assistance of the Pawling Central School District, Trinity-Pawling, and the Town of Pawling Highway Department.
“After the game dinner finishes, we start planning for next year,” adds Chief White.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and department officials are anticipating another successful Sportsman’s Night. “After the huge outpouring of support we received at the carnival, we are looking forward to the continued support from the community,” says Chief White.
PFD Sportsman’s Night tickets are available for a $40 donation and may be purchased at the door, on the department’s website, or at Pawling Family Quickstop, 8 West Main Street. For more information or to order tickets visit PawlingFire.org online.