Blue Jeans & BBQ Event

This year the Winona Lake Fire Department celebrates100 years of organized service to the community. The Village at Winona Lake will host an exhibition and activities on Saturday to mark the milestone. Saturday's celebration along Canal Street will feature a display of the department fire trucks and water ball to entertain kids of all ages from 1-4 pm. Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Spring Fountain Park will host the Blue Jeans & BBQ Gala benefiting Combined Community Services, Inc. This will be the third year for the event with Dane Miller serving again as the honorary chair of the event. It will be the largest fundraiser for CCS and will pack some serious flavor. Five area “chefs” will compete for votes from the public online and in person at the event. This year's Community Cowboy Chefs include warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer ; Dane Miller and Guest Chef, Chief Mitch Titus of Winona Lake Fire Dept;John Tucker, Maple Leaf Farms; Gordy Clemens, Dewald Fluid Power and famous Elvis impersonator; Matt Metzger , Metzger Trucking/Metzger Outdoors. Votes are $5 each and can be made online at