Firemen fundraiser brings rockin’ 80s to Elbow Lake [UPDATED]Published 9:25am Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Updated 11:33am Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The Saturday night of Flekkefest weekend means rock and roll in Elbow Lake, as the community gets up to move their feet for a good cause.
The Elbow Lake Firemen’s Relief Association will host its annual fundraiser from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 3t. Residents and festival-goers will bang their heads to the sound of Hairball, a classic rock cover band described as “a bombastic celebration of arena rock” on its website.
“They’re out of the cities and have a decent sized following, so we’re hoping to get more people this year,” said Jason Lindquist, fire chief for the Elbow Lake Fire Department.
The annual event has grown to be a highlight of the Flekkefest Festival weekend, held every summer. In his 10 years with the department, Lindquist said the group has had fun with the event.
“Every year during Flekkefest, with so many people in town we try to do something for the community,” he said. “It’s fun to be part of something just for the people that come out and have a good time and a good night.”
Funds from the event go to the department for training and equipment needs. Each year a large crowd shows up for a good time and Lindquist said the firemen appreciate such a thoughtful community.
“As far as Elbow Lake goes, they’re always very supportive of the fire department,” he said. “To have a community and support like that is great.”
The Elbow Lake Fire Department is staffed by 25 volunteers, so having the proper equipment and up-to-date training is important with limited numbers. Even with the number of men they have staffed, the department continues to expand their training and support coverage.
In the recent building fire in Fergus Falls, for example, the department lent support and had firefighters on scene throughout the night.
While the event gives much needed funds to the department, it also gives the group time together with the community that is also very important.
“For us, it’s nice being part of an organization where we can go out on a night and have fun,” Lindquist said.
The concert will be held across from the fire hall in downtown Elbow Lake. Tickets to the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
They can be purchased at the Knotty Pine and Tesoro gas station in Elbow Lake.