Lower Burrell Volunteer Fire Company No. 3 hosts a craft-themed fundraiser that serves as a community meeting

The Lower Burrell Volunteer Fire Company No. 3 held its second annual Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday.

Company president Mike Ogurchock said the event raised about $17,000 last year with proceeds going to the company’s general fund.

“During covid we had a lot of restrictions and we couldn’t organize our carnival. We lost thousands of dollars,” Ogurchock said of the pandemic’s effect on fundraising.

This year, no covid restrictions prevented fundraisers from continuing, which included food truck festivals.

The company organizes two or three similar fundraising events each year.

“We are in the process of completing the renovation of the buildings. We had to have the whole building renovated last year,” Ogurchock said.

Ogurchock said the project’s budget is “tens of thousands” of dollars.

Other repairs included painting, deck repair, roof repair and HVAC equipment replacement.

The original section of the fire station was built in 1956, with additions added in 1994.

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Lower Burrell’s Kristen Sinopoli shops at Moe’s Smoked Meats and Deli on Saturday with daughter Hazel Sinopoli, 5, at the Lower Burrell VFC No. 3 Craft and Vendor Show.

Around 30 craft vendors and five food trucks were set up on Saturday and visitors took advantage of cooler temperatures, which is perfect for picking up the diverse fall produce which included home-canned goods, smoked cheeses and meats, seasonal wreaths, jewelry, baked desserts and fresh honey.

Food trucks included Caffeinated and Co., Steel City Whip (Dole Whip), PGH Crepes and QT Butt Hut (BBQ).

The event requires about 20 volunteers from the fire company to run smoothly, Ogurchock said.

The Householder family of three, from Lower Burrell, attended last year’s fall show and said the crowd was much larger. On Saturday, several festivals were held in the Alle-Kiski Valley and a Pitt football game in Pittsburgh, the family said.

The household members enjoyed a barbecue lunch and ordered a meatball sub for their daughter.

“It’s about supporting our community and supporting the people who support us,” said Dwight Householder.

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Plum couple Katie and Matthew Morrow eat pulled pork sandwiches Saturday from Qt’s Butt Hut at the Lower Burrell VFC No. 3 Craft and Vendor Show in Lower Burrell.

Katie and Matthew Morrow made it a date day and enjoyed a BBQ lunch from Qt’s Butt Hut food truck.

“We absolutely love supporting the fire services,” said Matthew Morrow. “My grandfather was the fire marshal at Wilkins VFD #2.”

Organizers said the events are more than just a fundraiser.

“It’s a community meeting,” Ogurchock said.

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