Fall is here, and in addition to the nice weather and changing leaves, there are plenty of fun things going on throughout the community.
Two notable events will take place this weekend in the Triboro area — Taylor Fire Department No. 1, Ladder Co. 95’s semi-annual chicken barbecue, and the Halloween fun festival benefiting the PTSA scholarship fund at Riverside Junior-Senior High School. Both events are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14.
Here are the details on both.
• The ladder company chicken barbecue has been an annual tradition since the early 1970s, and it was so popular that members eventually decided that they needed to do it twice a year.
This event will take place Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the fire company hall, 614 Union St. in Taylor.
Admission to the dinner is $9, and includes half of a chicken slathered in the company’s super secret barbecue sauce, plus homemade potato salad and baked beans, a variety of desserts and beverages.
Tickets will be available at the door, and can also be purchased by calling 570-878-1466, or by contacting a member of the company.
The barbecue usually raises somewhere in the vicinity of $2,000, with proceeds going toward equipment upgrades, truck repairs and other necessities, event chairman John Tigue said. “We did the chicken barbecue back in May, and I think we had 700 chickens. And we’re hoping to do the same for our October event,” Tigue said.
People come back time after time because of the exceptional quality of the food, Tigue said.
“The barbecue sauce we make homemade. It’s the same recipe we’ve had since the ’70s,” he said. “Everyone loves the baked beans. They’re also a secret recipe.”
The ladder company gets further help from the Riverside Junior-Senior High School cross country team, which donates the baked goods.
“So that saves the fire company from having to go out and buy those. And they prepackage them for us, which saves us a lot of work,” said Tigue, noting prep for the dinner begins several days before the event.
The ladder company used to hold annual picnics, but the members came to realize that the chicken barbecue was a much more cost-effective fundraiser.
“For $9, you can’t beat it. And you’re helping the local fire company,” Tigue said. “Any support we can get, we appreciate.”
• The inaugural Halloween Fun Festival will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moosic Youth Center, 606 Main St., Moosic.
Admission is free to the festival, which will feature all manner of activities for the kids, including a bouncy house, photo booth, glitter tattoos, several games and, of course, a costume contest. In addition, Riverside cosmetology students will be doing hair and nails, and there will be hot dogs, pizza and drinks.
“Every child who comes in costume will get a free photo to be part of the costume contest,” said Riverside PTSA president Doreen Felczuk. “We think this is going to be an exciting event.”
Parents will be able to purchase handmade jewelry, soaps and other handcrafted items from the more than 15 vendors who will be on hand.
And, there will be about 25 basket raffles, among them memorabilia signed by former NHL player Jim Dowd.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Riverside PTSA scholarship fund, which provides cash awards to graduating seniors going off to college. The more money raised, “the more students we can serve,” Felczuk said.
“Any student or parent of a senior who volunteers their time with us, they become eligible to apply for the scholarship,” she said. “And we still need volunteers for the Halloween event.”
Those interested in volunteering at the event should call 570-815-1236.