The Village of Morrin enjoyed some country music and helped raise money for a good cause.
On Saturday, August 11, The Village of Morrin held a fundraiser with the proceeds going to the Morrin Fire Department.
"All the money is going back into the department to purchase new equipment," explained the President of the Fire Fighters Association, Chris Brown.
"It was an evening of entertainment for everybody and, you know, we had a lot of the local folk from the surrounding area," commented Ray Kristinson, Events Coordinator. "When the farming community gets busy, they don't get a chance to get together and socialize. They got some great entertainment and a good meal. It was a good crowd. I like it as a better way of fundraising then just going out and doing raffles and stuff."
Brown said this is year two of the Morrin Fire Department concert. They originally had a baseball tournament before the concert idea was founded but saw that it was difficult to get a consistent team together, let alone raise money for equipment they really needed.
"They are always in need. I mean, their turnout gear has only got a finite lifespan and that's expensive to replace," said Kristinson on what type of equipment the fire hall is looking at replacing."Gloves, goggles and the fire hose is a big thing. They would like to re-rack the truck with the extra hose immediately after a call while the hose they have is drying out."
"We thought, 'Hey, why not try to see if we can get in some kind of concert?'," described Brown. "What we decided to do is, if we can, we'll get different acts every year. We had Joey(Pringle) come out from Calgary and then this we we lucked out and was able to bring in Duane Steele."
"Joey Pringle, as usual, knocked the ball out of the park," Kristinson said about the artists' performances. "Duane Steele was unbelievable. He's such a kind, gentle, down to earth guy. He didn't disappoint at all!"
The event came with the live entertainment, food and beverages. Brown said the only complaint, if he could call it that, was that the Beef on a Bun's were stuffed with too much beef. He chuckled and moved on to comment on how much the concert raised for the Morrin Fire Department.
"A very rough estimate right now that we might have raised in total is roughly around the $3000 mark," Brown continued to say that that number is extremely rough as expenses for the event are not included in this amount. A more accurate total will be tallied and put towards the needed equipment Brown spoke of.