SALEM TWP. — Thirty-nine years ago a couple members of the Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department and the auxiliary needed to come up with an effective way to raise money in the boiling hot month of July.
After some deliberation, they all decided selling ice cream would be a winning idea.
The social event began small with one freezer holding just a few ice cream flavors. However, as of July 15, five gallon freezers contained 10 flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, Oreo, pineapple, lemon, peach, butter pecan, strawberry, banana, and cherry nut.
Along with their chilly, tasty treats patrons could also get an order of pulled pork and other menu items. The menu items have a set price for the dining event, but individuals may give a larger donation if they wish.
The proceeds go towards purchasing and maintaining the equipment for the Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department.
The annual ice cream social is not only a fundraising event, it is also a way for Salem Center community members to come together and have a reunion of friends and family. Former community members return to this event to keep in touch with those who have stayed.
The Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department also hosts dinners for donations on election days to support the department.