Summer simmer: Newport turns out for Booya fundraiser
NEWPORT — Nature gave its blessing for the 65th annual Booya celebration at Newport Fire Station #1. The event unfolded under blue skies and warm breezes.
The main event, as always, was the doling out of hundreds of gallons of the titular stew, which Newport Firefighters had been simmering overnight. At the 11 a.m. start, a line of hungry customers had already formed. They carried pots, coolers and other containers to be filled with traditional and Cajun booya.
Under a nearby tent, volunteers Lenny Louden, Nicholas Zellmer and Don Schlomka shared double-double-toil-and-trouble duties, stirring 70 gallon cauldrons full of the thick soupy stuff and dishing it out to a steady bucket brigade of Newport firefighters.
By 12:30 p.m. the crowds had already depleted three of the cauldrons.
The Booya celebration, which began with a fire truck parade the night before, also included inflatables, kids games, a beer garden, silent auction, bingo, food and raffle.