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By: Bobbi J. Walton, Chairman Emeritus

Image:  KazoosMany years ago, our fire department decided to build a "fire department building" so they could have somewhere to meet and store the truck. The very energetic group was able to get the building and the financing from a very gracious banker in Live Oak. That was a wonderful accomplishment for a small group of caring people to be able to get the land donated, and the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department's new building.

It soon came time to start making those annual payments of $1800.00. We started having small fund raisers but it seemed, at that rate, we could never earn enough money to pay for our new building. One night in early 1981, Robert Hutchinson said to me "If we would have one big event like a ZUCCHINI FESTIVAL, we could make enough moneImage:  Bullridery to make this payment with ease". I thought who in the world every heard of a squash festival!!! By the next day it started to make a little more sense and the thought of having enough money to make the payment on time and possibly a little extra, sounded mighty good. Robert and I, along with Keifer and Sandy Calkins, Jim and Betty Arnette, and all of the Windsor residents we could muster, set out to make the event a success.

What a day it was, we did make enough money for the payment and more. We realized if we could continue getting enough help from the community, the mailing of our annual check would be no problem. We met a ten year mortgage in seven years.

With the exception of three years, the festival has been held every year since 1981. This year we will celebrate our THIRTY-THIRD ANNUAL ZUCCHINI FESTIVAL. Thanks to our community of Windsor and its support for the small local fire department, we look forward to a blessed day.

Link to 1980 pictures of fire department fund raiser. It was a spaghetti dinner.

Pictures from:

2016 Festival

2015 Festival

2014 Festival

2013 Festival

2012 Festival

2011 Festival

2010 Festival

2008 Festival

2007 Festival

2006 Festival

2005 Festival

2001 Festival

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