The 59th annual Cutchogue Fire Department Chicken Barbecue: photos

08/23/2015 7:23 AM |

Cutchogue Fire Depatrment members Ben Benediktsson and Will Park (right) tend to the enormous grill. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Two hundreds volunteers, nearly a year of planning and 3,500 chicken halves.

That’s what it takes to pull off the Cutchogue Fire Department’s chicken barbecue, an annual tradition that brings out thousands of community members to the department’s New Suffolk Avenue grounds each year. The event kicked off its 59th year on Saturday.

Nearly 3,300 people enjoyed chicken roasted over an open flame, fresh local corn, and potato, tomato and cucumber salads, under a tent that shaded them from an unrelenting August sun.

“This is a way for us to raise some money for our company,” said Chris Dinizio, a Cutchogue Fire Department member and the event’s chairperson. “It’s a week-long process to set up and it’s great to see it all come together.”

He thanked the volunteers, community members and sponsors that helped him pull off the event.

“It’s a great accomplishment to run something this big in my town,” he said. “But I wouldn’t be where I am if every one wasn’t helping.”

Caption: Cutchogue Fire Depart2ment members Ben Benediktsson and Will Park (right) tend to the enormous grill. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

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Cutchogue Fire Depatrment members Ben Benediktsson and Will Park (right) tend to the enormous grill. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Cutchogue Fire Department members Ben Benediktsson and Will Park (right) tend to the enormous grill. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Lauren McCaffery, Jen Newhouse, Tonya Witczak and Patty Burns, all of Cutchogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Lauren McCaffery, Jen Newhouse, Tonya Witczak and Patty Burns, all of Cutchogue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Tom Martin and Tom Shallvui, both ex-chiefs of the department.

Tom Martin and Tom Shallvey, both ex-chiefs of the department.

Donald Grim and his daughter Tracy Grim of Cutchogue. Proud dad couldn't help but brag that his daughter, a Villanova University senior, will soon graduate and join the U.S. Navy.

Donald Grim and his daughter Tracy Grim of Cutchogue. Proud dad couldn’t help but brag that his daughter, a Villanova University senior, will soon graduate and join the U.S. Navy.

Kristen Matejka of Cutchogue and Andrew Komarck of Commack. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Kristen Matejka of Cutchogue and Andrew Komarck of Commack. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

George Mullane of Islip and Harold Messerschmitt of East Rockaway. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

George Mullane of Islip and Harold Messerschmitt of East Rockaway. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Reese Pearsall, 7, of Cutchogue, Jocelyn Kaelin, 9, of Southold and Emma Pearsall, 9, of Cutchogue all volunteered their time at Saturday's barbecue.

Reese Pearsall, 7, of Cutchogue, Jocelyn Kaelin, 9, of Southold and Emma Pearsall, 9, of Cutchogue all volunteered their time at Saturday’s barbecue.

The crowd at the 58th annual Cutchogue Fire Department Chicken Barbecue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The crowd at the 59th annual Cutchogue Fire Department Chicken Barbecue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Dorothy Bakowski of Cutchogue serves up some corn. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Dorothy Bakowski of Cutchogue serves up some corn. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The 58th annual Cutchogue Fire Department Chicken Barbecue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The 59th annual Cutchogue Fire Department Chicken Barbecue. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

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