Rain expected to impact two major fundraisers

Lancaster

33-thousand pounds of chicken is sitting in a truck in Long’s Park in Lancaster.

On Friday volunteers were in the park getting ready for the 66th annual Sertoma Chicken BBQ, which takes place on Saturday.

The bar-q-que, which is the largest one in the world, is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Long’s Park.

“We cook chicken regardless of weather,” Nicki Nafziger, the bar-b-que chair for the Sertoma Club of Lancaster, said. “We’re not wimps!”

A rainy forecast is not dampening spirits and according to Nafziger it hasn’t made for soggy sales in the past.

Organizers are hoping that trend continues. 

“Our cookers are coming to come our earlier,” Nafziger, said. “They will light the charcoal and load up the pits and get them nice and hot so the ground stays hot and so as the rain comes down it will just steam things a little bit.”

Rain has already washed out some money for the Mountville Fire Department. 

The first day of the Mountville Carnival was canceled this week because of the rain.

“Just by closing on Wednesday we are probably down $1,500 to $2,000, “Bryan Duquin, Junior, the assistant chief of the Mountville Fire Department, said. 

Duquin pointed out that the carnival is the department’s second biggest fundraiser, where they usually expect to bring in $10,000 for fire department expenses.

“You have no control over Mother Nature,” he added. “We can have the best carnival in the world and have everything here, but without the weather all your hard work and planning kind of goes out the window.”

Duquin said in an effort to get back some of the money that was lost they will keep the carnival open on Sunday this year, which is a day the carnival would normally be closed.

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