Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department Crab Feast
The Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department’s annual crab feast takes place in late September and is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. 275 tickets are available and they sell out every year, often several weeks before the event. (So do not show up at the door to buy ticket.) This year tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 6 to 12, and the feast is from 2 to 6 p.m. at the fire station on Crescent Road.
The fire station’s parking lot is full and a long line of cars can be seen parked along Crescent Road.
Sherman Garlend of Crofton-based Shoreline Seafood steams crabs. He says that a full pot can hold 8 or 9 bushels of crabs and takes 30 minutes to cook. He currently has half a pot, or 4 bushels, and it will take 15 minutes. He tells me that he has brought 50 bushels based on the number of people coming, and he can get more if needed, as Crofton is not far from Greenbelt.
The crabs are ready.
Putting on seasonings
Bryleigh Mims is 9 and serving crabs.
Mayor Pro Tem Emmett Jordan comes through the buffet line. The all-you-can-eat crabs are of course today’s star but there are also pit beef, hot dogs, crab soup, baked beans, cole slaw, and soft drinks and beer.
Emmett Jordan shakes the hand of Kenny Stair, President of Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
Members of the Ladies Auxiliary who are serving pose for a group photo.
Big 6 wheel
Drawing the 50/50 raffle ticket
The 50/50 winner
Mayor Pro Tem Emmett Jordan and Councilmember Silke Pope
A Baltimore Ravens fan
No. 80 on the New York Giants team should be Victor Cruz.
Mayor Davis wears a Greenbelt Engine 35 T-shirt.
The liquor wheel. There are 40 slots and each takes a dollar. The winner wins this bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey.
Roasted corn is served as well.
Councilmember Rodney Roberts
Selling raffle tickets
Soft drinks and beer are available.
Selling tickets by the door
One of these Feelin’ Pinky tickets can win $200.
Another tray of crabs just out of the pot
At the liquor wheel, she won a bottle of Captain Morgan spiced rum and 12 cans of Budweiser beer.
She has just won a door prize—a Greenbelt Engine Co. 35 blanket.
John Hughes has been a member of Branchville Volunteer Fire Company for 34 years. He says that Branchville and Greenbelt are good friends and help each other out at events like this.
Giving out door prizes
Selecting a door prize
Councilmembers Ed Putens and Konrad Herling
Four City Councilmembers
There is even a birthday cupcake and the singing of Happy Birthday.
Kenny Stairs, president of GVFD, slices pit beef. He tells me that this is by far the largest fundraiser and last year’s feast raised $6,500 for the fire department.
Lieutenant Andy Moffitt gives me a tour. Here is Greenbelt’s ambulance.
Greenbelt has two fire engines but both were damaged recently due to collisons while on duty. This is a reserve engine from Prince George’s County Fire Department. One of Greenbelt’s engines should be back in October.
Andy Moffitt shows the lockers. He tells me that the Greenbelt fire station is staffed by paid firefighters from the county on weekdays during the day. During the evenings and weekends, volunteers are stationed here. He has been with GVFD for 12 years and was one of the firefighters who rode one of Greenbelt’s two engines to the Pentagon on 9/11. The engine entered the inner courtyard and was there for eight hours. That experience inspired him to join the army, and he was deployed twice to Iraq from 2005 to 2008 during counter insurgency.
Greenbelt’s 1935 Ford Howe pumper is stored in its own garage. This was Greenbelt’s first pumper and was acquired when the federal government still owned the town. It was recently restored and participates in Labor Day parade and other community events such as Little League baseball opening day and National Night Out.
It’s 6 p.m., time to clean up.
Putting away the tables
Sweeping the floor