Pig roast will benefit Mastersonville Fire Dept.

By on November 8, 2017

Construction on Mastersonville Volunteer Fire Department’s new fire station is underway. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

Mastersonville Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual pig roast and bake sale starting at 3 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 11. The dinner will be available for take-out only at the fire house, located at 2166 Meadow View Road, Manheim.

Dinners will include roasted pork, homemade mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, homemade bread filling, vegetables, applesauce, dinner roll, and dessert. Cost is $12, and dinners will be available until they’re sold out. Baked goods made by Colebrook Bakery, also located in Mastersonville, will be available to purchase. To remind area residents about the event, the fire department had a float in the Oct. 11 Manheim Farm Show Parade.

The pig roast is a long-standing tradition for the Rapho Township-based fire company; the first one was held in 1975. Eric Shields, one of the department’s captains and coordinator of the pig roast, anticipates serving about 800 dinners Saturday. With that in mind, about 1,200-pounds of pork will be roasted.

He pointed out that area businesses have provided donations to help defray the cost of the pork. Additionally most of the fresh ingredients will be purchased locally — pork and applesauce are from Darrenkamp’s Elizabethtown grocery store, while other items are purchased at Hilltop Acres Farm Market, Rapho Township.

Shields said until about two years ago, the dinner was a family-style sit-down event with take-outs available.

“It really takes a lot of volunteers for a sit-down event; by going to take-out only, we need about half the volunteers (about 60 for the sit-down dinner versus an estimated 30 volunteers for take-out only),” he explained, “It’s still a community event where people have the opportunity to visit with their neighbors. This year we hope people will come out to see the progress on our new fire house, and perhaps make a donation to that effort.”

Mastersonville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual pig roast on Saturday. This year only take-outs will be available. Guests will be able to view the new fire station that’s being constructed across the road, but not go onsite.

Shields said the fire department hopes to continue the tradition of hosting a pig roast next year at the new fire station.

Mastersonville Fire Department was organized in 1949, and the existing fire station was constructed in the early 1950s and has had several additions. The aging fire house has several issues, including a roof that should be replaced, an engine bay floor that’s cracked from the weight of apparatus, and space issues.

In May, the department held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new fire house that’s being constructed at 2121 Meadow View Road, across the street from the existing facility. Fire company president Matt Shenk said the building uses space efficiently and was discussed for nearly 15 years before dirt was turned in May.

“We built it right, so it will stand the test of time,” he said.

The 12,586-square-foot building will boast six bays, office and storage spaces, a training room, fitness room and an underground cistern. It will also have Wi-Fi. Site work began in April. The $2.3 million project is expected to be completed in January. The fire department will officially move in in the spring.

“We’ll take the winter to move things from the old building and get organized,” he said.

The building is under roof, and concrete has been poured in the engine bay area. Shenk said he’s anticipating that the area in front of the engine bays will be paved this year. He had hoped to allow people to get a close-up look at the building progress during the Nov. 11 pig roast, but that won’t be possible. A 15,000-gallon water tank will be installed in front of the building that day, and people won’t be allowed on the site. Diners can still see the progress while picking up their take-out across the street.

Shenk said the tank will collect rain water from the building’s spouting and water from each apparatus bay. That water will then be used to water the landscaping around the fire station and to fill apparatus.

“We won’t have to go to Manheim to get water after a call,” he said.

For further information about the pig roast or to learn about the progress on the new fire house, visit mastersonvillefire.com or the fire department’s Facebook page.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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