JESSE JAMES: Event Is Fundraiser For Fire De­part­ment

McDonald County Press - - JESSE JAMES DAYS -

“ban­dits” with ban­danas over their faces ap­proached the U.S. Bank and had a “shootout” with law­men.

Pineville Fire Chief Ryan Drake said of Jesse James Days, “This is by far our big­gest fundraiser of the year. I think it’s a great com­mu­nity event. It brings ev­ery­one out for some fun while rais­ing funds for the fire de­part­ment to get the equip­ment we need to con­tinue sup­port­ing and serv­ing the com­mu­nity.”

Lavetta Pen­der­graft of Noel was among the ven­dors set up around the square. She was sell­ing pho­to­graphs. This was her first year to be a ven­dor at Jesse James Days.

“It’s great,” she said. “I’ve come just about ev­ery year. It’s some­thing we used to do as a fam­ily.”

Jared Rine­hart of An­der­son was in line to get a fun­nel cake. It was his first time at Jesse James Days.

“I think it’s re­ally cool,” he said. “I think it’s re­ally fun and an awe­some thing for the com­mu­nity.”

Adam Poland and Wil­liam Ziemi­anin of Pineville were roast­ing corn to sell.

Poland said, “Busi­ness has been pretty steady. We’re do­ing about what we did last year.”

He said this was his fifth year roast­ing corn at the fes­ti­val.

“It’s al­ways a lot of fun. My dad did it be­fore. Wil­liam’s dad did it be­fore. We’re just car­ry­ing on the tra­di­tion.”

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