Plainfield gearing up for 50th chicken barbecue

  • Grilling underway at a past Plainfield chicken barbecue. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/1/2021 1:18:20 PM

PLAINFIELD – Although it’s months away, tickets for the Plainfield Fire Department’s chicken barbecue went on sale Thursday, and organizers are expecting another sell-out year.

“We’re going to print 400,” Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Alvord said. “We always sell out.”

This year will be the barbecue’s 50th year, as it wasn’t held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, it will be held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, and it’s organized by the Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association as a fundraiser for the department.

“It’s the biggest event in the town every year,” he said. “This is our thing.”

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $7 for those under 12, a price increase that Alvord said was due to increased food costs and prices not having been raised in a while. The meal will include ½ a barbecue chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, coleslaw, a dinner roll, watermelon slice, and beverage.

Tickets can be bought from any firefighter, by going to the fire station on Thursdays or by calling the fire station. Alvord said that tickets can be hard to find come September.

Other events that will coincide with the barbecue in Plainfield will be the Plainfield Road Race, sponsored by the Fire Department; the Shaw Memorial Library Book Sale, and the local arts and crafts event ArtsFeast. The band The Curtis Rich Revue, of Buckland, will also be playing, hired with money from the Cultural Council.

The Fire Department also will hold a silent auction and a rope pull.

“Kids kind of pick up sides and they have a tug of war,” Alvord said. “They love it.”

He also said that adults join in as well, and that it’s a great way to end the day.

Bera Dunau can be reached at

Daily Hampshire Gazette Office

115 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01061


Copyright © 2021 by H.S. Gere & Sons, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy