Falls Township Celebrates Local Dads with Chicken Barbecue

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FALLS TOWNSHIP, Ohio – This Sunday, Falls Township Fire Department hosted its annual Father’s Day Chicken Barbecue – treating Muskingum County dads to home-cooked meals.

Community members could gather at one of two locations to celebrate: with carry-out, dine-in, and drive-thru options available.

The event began in 1964, and since then, Fire Chief Brady Johnson says it has become a community staple. Firefighters started cooking at 6:30 am and barbecued 1600 chicken halves – which sold out within two hours. 

Captain Brad Gibson with the Falls Fire Department talked about how having the event on Father’s Day can draw in more community members.

“We like to do this on Father’s Day – so we like to say that we’ll cook for you for Father’s Day. So bring your dad down and get a dinner for him.”

Greyson Bateson; son and grandson of firefighters

Fire Chief Johnson shared that the proceeds from this event will go back toward the department’s needs. The event not only provided dinners and welcomed donations but also held a gun raffle for visitors to enter. 

Captain Gibson emphasized the importance of this event not only to attendees but also to the firemen themselves.

“It’s really a bonding time for all of us down here. You know, we don’t get to spend the mornings with our kids, but we get to see them in afternoons. So, spending the time with our brothers and all the fathers and cooking chickens is just a really good time.”

Those interested in supporting the Fire Department can donate directly. For more information about volunteering and events in the future, visit the Falls Township Fire Department’s Facebook page.