The Callao Volunteer Fire Department’s “Pig Pickin’” Saturday, afternoon and night had downtown Callao jumping. About 300 people ranging in age from babies in arms to old folks showed up to eat, dance and socialize at the firehouse.The firemen had put up a stage at the front doors to the firehouse and had taken the precaution of covering it with tarps in case of rain. Faron Hamblin and The Honkey Tonk Heroes belted out favorites and by the time dark decended folks of all ages were dancing to their music. The party went on until 11 p.m.
Before the dancing really got underway, folks had eaten barbecue made by Fred Paul who operates a barbecue stand in Callao, fried chicken prepared by Fast Mart in Lottsburg, baked beans and cole slaw. Cold drinks were available in the meeting room where dining tables were set up and, for those who wanted it, beer was available from a beer truck parked on one end of the firehouse.
The Pig Pickin’ is one of the fire department’s fund raisers. Chief David Woolard noted that the department’s annual budget is about $200,000 and one of its trucks cost $600,000