The 62nd annual Cutchogue FD chicken barbecue: photos

A huge crowd turned out for the 62nd annual Cutchogue Fire Department chicken barbecue Saturday.

More than 3,000 chickens were grilled on long pits and served by volunteers at the New Suffolk Avenue grounds.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the department.

Photographer Elizabeth Wagner captured the event in these photos.

Firefighters commemorated fallen CFD volunteer Jason Cooper.
CFD firefighters barbecued approximately 3,626 pieces of chicken on 3 pits during their 62nd chicken barbecue.
CFD’s Steve Harned looks on as son Ryan Harned mans pit #3, while Chris Dinizio and Joe Hinton carry racks of chicken.
CFD BBQ Committee Chairman John Lademann of Cutchogue with his son, former CFD member Tom Lademann of Flager Beach, Fla., and Ex-Chief/Commissioner and District Secretary Matt Martin of Cutchogue. This is John Lademann’s 57th year serving on the pit committee.
Left to right: CFD BBQ Committee Chairman John Lademann, CFD Commissioner Sandy Friemann, Suffolk County Clerk Judy Pascale, Southold Receiver of Taxes George Sullivan, Southold Chief of Police Martin Flatley, Congressman Lee Zeldin, Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy, Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy, CFD Ex-Chief/Captain of Fire Police Arthur Brewer.
CFD pit volunteers. Back (left to right): CFD BBQ Committee Chairman John Lademann, John Hinton, Steve Harned, John Hinton. Front (left to right): Chris Dinizio, Christian Figurniak, Lieutenant Joe Hinton.
Cutchogue Fire Department.
Captain of the Junior Fire Department, Wylee Sanders of Cutchogue, holding the 2018 commemorative t-shirt.
Ex-Chief Tom Martin of New Suffolk distributes chicken to hungry guests.
Volunteers distribute fresh corn-on-the-cob.
CDF and Ladies Auxiliary volunteers served over 3,000 guests during the barbecue.
Meals included chicken, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, rolls, vegetables, and beer.
2nd Assistant Chief Amos Meringer and Company Capitan Kenny Burns.
Chief of CFD Larry Behr, 1st Assistant Chief Tom Shalvey, and 2nd Assistant Chief Amos Meringer.
Libby Fannon of New Suffolk with daughter Caroline Fannon and son Will Fannon.
The 62nd Annual “Long Island’s Largest” Chicken Barbecue attracted thousands of hungry guests.
Anna Cooper of New Suffolk and Lindsey Park of Cutchogue volunteered with their parents, who are in the CFD and Ladies Auxiliary.
Barbecue volunteers Jr. Fireman Cassie Stevens of Cutchogue, Ladies Auxiliary member Barbara Reiter of Cutchogue, Ladies Auxiliary member Cathie Mulrain of Cutchogue, Jeanne Grim, and Donald Grim of Cutchogue.