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|It May Not Be Scenic Drive Weather, But it is Chili Weather
|Saturday might not have been the most ideal day to get out and see the sights of Knox County, but if you did, at least you had plenty of opportunities to get a warm meal.
Churches, community groups, and other organizations, as always, have plenty of stands full of food throughout the Knox County Scenic Drive. But one of the more popular stops for food along the way has to be the Knoxville Fire Station.
The all-volunteer department sells chili, potato soup, and ham and bean soup every year during the drive, and the station was a popular place Saturday to get away from the cold.
Knoxville Fire Chief Jeff Vandemark tells WGIL the money raised from the weekend-long soup supper goes to a lot of fire department needs.
"Over the past few years, we've bought personal equipment, rescue equipment for the rescue trucks...just several different things for the fire department," Vandemark said.
We asked Vandemark if there are any plans for what the money raised this year will be used for. "This year, we haven't decided what we're going to use it for," Vandemark said. "We're looking at several options: some more five-inch (water) hose or some rescue equipment."
Vandemark says the fire department could easily sell hundreds of gallons worth of soup and too much corn bread to count every year. The Knoxville firefighters usually sell both hot and mild chili. But try as we might, Vandemark wouldn't say what the ingredients are.
(A crowd enjoys the soup served Saturday at the Knoxville Fire Department.)
(A Knoxville Volunteer Firefighter serves up a bowl of ham and bean soup while pans of cornbread are ready to go into the oven.)
(Firefighters work the serving counter Saturday.)
(Visitors brave the cold Saturday to look at crafts for sale at the Knoxville stop on the Knox County Scenic Drive.)
(A musical act performs Saturday on Knoxville's Public Square.)
(Residents start to line up at a few of the many food stands in Knoxville available during the Scenic Drive. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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