May 24-26


As the temperatures warm, people flock to the beaches, the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department sees a distinct increase in calls of all kind.

The department is, by far, the county’s busiest among the volunteer fire departments.

The South Gulf department each year handles nearly as many calls as all other county departments combined.

And, as with all county departments, this a volunteer effort.

Arriving later this month is the department’s annualk World Famous Butt Roast fundraiser, which started on a small scale in the 1990s and has grown since, particulary since the 2004 purchase of a smoker.

In the past two years alone, sales have topped 300 butts, oh, so tasty butts.

Could be the smoker, maybe the rub, either way those butts are, volunteers attest, the best in town.

To guarantee an order, go online now at to place your order for pick-up at Salinas Park Bayside opposite the fire station May 24-26.

Hours for pick-up will be 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET Saturday.

Walk-up orders will depend on availability: first-come, first-served.

On Friday and Saturday, volunteers will also be selling pulled-pork sandwich meals for $9, with each meal including sandwich, chips, coleslaw and drink.

Family-to-go boxes for four include one pound of shredded pork, four buns, four chips, pot of coleslaw, four drinks and barbecue sauce.

Proceeds from the fundraiser go to support the fire department’s life saving and first aid equipment among other fire safety and education items.

Proceeds from last year’s fundraiser helped the department secure a second EMILY water rescue device and this year the department is looking for a new beach patrol four-wheeler.

Whether intending to buy a butt or not, donations are always welcome; go to any time.