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This 100-year-old Case tractor will be on hand Saturday at the 61st annual Reeseville Fire Department Corn Roast. Free sweet corn cooked by its steam engine will be available beginning at 4 p.m.  

REESEVILLE – Pass the butter and the salt, the Reeseville Fire Department is holding its 61st annual Free Corn Roast on Saturday.

RFD Safety Officer Jim Bublitz said the corn roast has become the social event of the year for Reeseville.

“People really look forward to meeting friends, eating corn-on-the-cob and watching the fireworks later,” he said.

The festival is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Firefighters Service Corporation, of which Bublitz is president.

“We are looking into getting extrication equipment for the department with the money that is raised,” Bublitz said.

Food, refreshments, children’s games, a dunk tank and bounce house all start at 2 p.m. at the Reeseville Fireman’s Park and Community Center, 406 N. Main St.

Baked chicken dinners with cole slaw, potato salad, rolls and beverage will be available at 4 p.m. until sold out.

The highlight of the afternoon is the free sweet corn; approximately two pickup trucks full.

“Through the generosity of Caine Warehousing and the canning factory in Cambria we’ll have corn for everyone from 4 p.m. until it’s gone,” said Bublitz. “It’s cooked by a neat old steam tractor that’s brought in for the day.”

The 80 horsepower steam traction engine was built in 1918 by the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co.

Evening activities include live music by The Playlist from 7 to 10 p.m., a fireworks show at 10 p.m., followed by Rock the Foundation DJ until midnight. There is no cover charge.

“Spectrum Pyrotechnics of rural Reeseville sets up and donates all the fireworks,” said Bublitz. “They do a fantastic job and are very safety-oriented. The show seems to get bigger and bigger each year.”

Bublitz said the public can also support the fire department by purchasing a raffle ticket from any RFD member. First prize is $500; second prize is a Trek bicycle; third and fourth prize are a half hog. The raffle drawing will be held Aug. 27.

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