Bounty of booya in Apple Valley

Retired firefighter Kenny Barnes, left, and Apple Valley Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Russell tend to a booya pot at last year’s event. (Photo submitted)

Retired firefighter Kenny Barnes, left, and Apple Valley Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Russell tend to a booya pot at last year’s event. (Photo submitted)

To ensure the booya is ready in the morning, Apple Valley firefighters plan on pulling an all-nighter.

This year, the firefighters will start cooking 400 gallons of the savory stew at about 2 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in preparation for their 35th annual booya fundraiser which opens to the public at 10 a.m.

Fans of the meat- and vegetable-filled stew are advised to get there early. Each year, the booya pots tend to run out by mid-afternoon.

“The last bowl was served at about 3 p.m. in 2012,” said Al Olson, firefighter and chair of the booya event. “In 2011 it was sold out by 2:15 p.m. We only make the 400 gallons and when it is gone, it is gone for 12 months.”

This year’s booya event will be held at Fire Station 1, located at County Road 42 and Hayes Road.

The booya is sold by the bowl, by the quart and by the gallon – with containers provided – as a fundraiser for the Apple Valley Firefighters’ Relief Association.

The event also features bingo, children’s games and inflatables, silent auction, raffle, and photo opportunities for kids on the Apple Valley fire trucks. There also will be T-shirts and “booya cook” aprons for sale.

Raffle tickets are $1 and the assortment of prizes includes a $300 Von Hanson’s Meats gift card and a jar of money donated by Anchor Bank.

In addition to the booya, there will also be a snack bar with hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and other offerings.

More information about the event is at www.cityofapplevalley.org.

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