Archive for August 11th, 2023

Boone County Fire District No. 2 news

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For 45 years, Boone County Fire District No. 2 has been serving up delicious donuts at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

What began with a single fryer in a small tent in 1978 has grown into a fast-selling donut stand that regulars never want to miss. All of the donuts are fan favorites, topped with tons and tons of sprinkles. 

For Women’s Auxiliary President Michelle Dixon , firefighting is a family affair. Her husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law all serve or have served on the department making the donut stand a special event for her.

“Now we’re open from 6 a.m. to 10 or 11 o’clock at night. We sell over 400 dozen a day so that’s a lot of frying, decorating and selling, but it’s all worth it.” Dixon says.

Proceeds from the donuts sold go towards equipment and tools for their firetrucks and station, as well as rescue gear that previously allowed them to start a dive team. All of the money goes back to the firefighters to update and improve the department to keep the community safe.

Community members return every year to the fair to get at least one of the tasty treats. There is always a line full of eager eaters waiting to get their hands on a donut. 

District No. 2 Women’s Auxiliary is holding its 10th and final “Light Your Fire 5K” on September 17 in Spencer Park. Dubbed “The Final Call”, the run supports OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Burn Unit, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and other related organizations.

You can sign up to run at

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