table rock volunteer fire department
For over 50 years, the firefighters have held an annual consignment sale as a fundraiser for new equipment and other needs. It is a tremendous community garage sale -- with hedge posts and farm equipment and old furniture and wringer washing machines and bicycles and old dishes. It's a place where old friends and neighbors come to down from far and near to visit and see that the town is still going. It's a place to find some good food -- biscuits and gravy at the Legion Hall real early with nachos and long johns and other things through the day. Fresh baked kolaches by the Table Rock Community Club at the Reflections Drug Store next to the bank. Homemade soup and sandwiches and desserts at the Methodist Church basement. Our friends with the Amish fried pies have moved away but in 2017 another family stepped in with a bake sale table by the bank, with homemade pies, donuts, cinnamon rolls and so on.
1966, the first year
All 1982 photos shared by Sharla Sitzman Cerra
All 2015 photos by Kim Vrtiska
Video by Kim Vrtiska
All 2017 photos below shared by Sharla Sitzman Cerra
Terry Frank and Paul Burget took some time off from the auction rings to kick back. "I'm 83 years old," says Paul, whose older brother John belonged to the Table Rock American Legion. "He still has cattle," Terry says, "How many, a hundred?" "One hundred fifty. It gives me something to do in the mornings."