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Boots vs. Badges Raises $4,000 for Crawford County Swine Barn
KDSN presented the Crawford County Fair Association and Denison Volunteer Fire Department with $2,000 each from October’s inaugural Boots vs. Badges event this week.
Brian Broderson says the fair will put the money toward replacing the swine barn at the fairgrounds.
“We appreciate it because it takes every dollar we can get to make improvements out here so we’re very thankful for what we got,” said Broderson. “We all know if you don’t have community support things just don’t work. It takes an army to make everything go. If you don’t have your community behind you and the surrounding communities that help us out here there probably wouldn’t be a fair or projects or anything new out here. It is a work in progress and it will take some time to get the money raised but we’ve got a good group behind us so it will happen. Just want to thank everybody and we really appreciate all the support.”
Firefighters from Chief Cory Snowgren’s volunteer squad won the cornhole tournament at the first annual appreciation event.
“We weren’t looking at it like we’re going to go make some money. I think it had more to do with the friendly competition and getting our guys and their guys to interact with each other and have a good time with it. I’m actually looking forward to doing it again,” said Snowgren. “There is a professional, I don’t even want to call it a rivalry because there’s no negative aspect to it really, between cops and firemen. We like to say that cops have got to have heroes too and that’s why they made firemen and just fun razzing like that. I didn’t see anybody there not smiling at one point or another or laughing.”
Police Chief Brandon Rinnan agrees that the friendly competition made for a fun day.
“I think the event itself was a great idea. Luckily we’re in a position here where we get along. It’s a good community where the fire and police departments work well together,” said Rinnan. “To get out there and be able to compete with those guys is fun. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up the way I was hoping, but, we had a great time. I know my officers had a great time. I surely did.”
Thank you to all of our proud partners including the Iowa Pork Producers that made this event happen. Special thanks to Otter Creek Hydro Seeding, Hair Fair, and Bedrock Gravel for their help getting us to the $4,000 donation with half going to the fair and half to the winning department.