MOSCOW — Summer is almost here, which means it’s time for the Moscow Fire & Hose Company’s Annual Chicken BBQ. This year the event will take place on Sunday, June 4, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the fire company, located at 117 N. Main St. in Moscow.

The hearty dinner will include half of a BBQ chicken, baked beans, potato salad, a dinner roll, dessert, and drinks. Tickets cost $10 at the door ($5 for children 12 and under) or $9 if purchased in advance.

Tickets can be purchased from any member of the Moscow Fire & Hose Company, or at Slingshots Bar and Grill, Ron’s Trojan Diner, Delish On Main, the Moscow Borough Building, or at the fire house.

Lt. Mark Gallagher of the Fire & Hose Co. strongly urges people to buy tickets in advance. “People rave over this barbecue. They really wait for it, so the tickets sell out fast. Last year we were sold out by noon. This year we’re going to pre-sell 900 tickets,” he offered.

With 1,250 birds cooking on the grill starting at 3:00 a.m., that’s a lot of chicken, so the fast sales seem to indicate that it must be truly delicious. Getting the manpower to cook all that food is not always easy for the all-volunteer company, and Lt. Gallagher said the day is “a long day that’s exhausting for everybody, but worth it.”

It’s worth it because the proceeds from the chicken BBQ will be used to purchase new equipment, which means, ultimately, the safety of the fire fighters. “It’s a great cause! We have to have fundraisers like this to keep then place alive and to upgrade the equipment to keep ourselves safe,” explained Lt. Gallagher.

The Moscow Fire & Hose Co. presently has around 30 active members and is always looking for interested men and women to join. “Volunteers are hard to find. It takes a lot of dedication to do this, with training every Tuesday,” said Lt. Gallagher.

Much of the regular training is done with other local firefighters. “It’s all mutual aid in our area for training. It’s great to work together, and to know each other’s trucks helps keep the flow going on a call. We all work together,” Lt. Gallagher remarked.

In addition to the delicious meal available on June 4, the event will also feature live entertainment by Common Threads, a 50/50 drawing, and a tricky tray raffle with over 30 baskets donated by local businesses and community members as prizes. The drawing will take place at 5:00 when the barbecue is done, with winners receiving a phone call to let them know they have a prize waiting for them at the fire house.

While attending the chicken BBQ, people can also sign up for the 3rd Annual Run For The Hoses. The race will take place on Saturday, August 5, as part of the Moscow Street Fair. For more information about either event, visit the Moscow Fire & Hose Company page on Facebook.