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REPORTER FILE PHOTO A slide set up for kids last year at last year's Country Fair was a popular attraction.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO A slide set up for kids last year at last year’s Country Fair was a popular attraction.

Saturday, the place to be is in the Center for two annual late summer events — the 36th annual Shelter Island Fire Department Country Fair and the seventh annual Green Expo.

Before there was a single fire department, the Country Fair was the major fund-raising event for the Center’s department, while the chicken barbecue was the specialty of the Heights’ department. (more…)

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BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Proud grandad Greg introducing a Shelter Island tradition to the little one.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Proud grandad Greg Sulahian introducing a Shelter Island tradition to  little Westin.

Saturday’s Shelter Island Fire Department’s annual Chicken Barbecue was a tasty and fun-filled event.

Below are some sights from the great community gathering at St. Gabe’s field captured by Bev Walz. (more…)

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BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Erecting a tarp over the barbecue grills enabled Shelter Island firefighters to cook Saturday despite foul weather.

If you asked workers struggling to get a tarp over the grill Saturday morning if the Shelter Island Fire Department would ever host another chicken barbecue, the answer might have been ‘no.’ But two days after this year’s rainy yet successful event, the answer is a resounding ‘yes.’

Shelter Island Fire Chief John D’Amato said the department plans to celebrate its 50th chicken barbecue next year.

“We’re going to get through 50 and we’re going to have a spectacular 50,” said Shelter Island Fire Chief John D’Amato.

“I think the chicken barbecue will be here as long as we’re here,” the chief said. “I suspect it will go on forever. It’s part of the fabric of the community.”

Weather notwithstanding, firefighters and members of the auxiliary served up an estimated 1,700 dinners Saturday, Chief D’Amato said. Money hasn’t yet been tallied, but the barbecue generally brings in about $20,000 — most of which goes to pay for student scholarships and contributions to various other Shelter Island organizations. A small amount stays within the department to pay for equipment not covered in the department’s annual budget, the chief said.

Read more about the barbecue and view more photos in Thursday’s paper.