NOLANVILLE — Kay’s Motorcycle Mania raised more than $2,200 for Central Bell County Fire and Rescue at the 11th annual Anniversary Weekend Bash on Saturday.

Dozens of people showed up for the event, which featured live entertainment and food. Bands Texas Lightning and Pride and Joy performed and ladies from the Tilted Kilt washed cars and bikes for participants.

“We’ve done this every year since we’ve opened for the volunteer fire department in our community,” said Rod Nash, owner. “It helps them out as they are not federally- or state-funded, and so without the donations we wouldn’t be able to get some of the finer things we have in the fire department.”

The event was a first for several residents who attended. “It’s exciting to have this support, as we have firefighters who work really hard at what they do,” said Cassie Morrow, president of the Central Bell County Fire and Rescue board. “It’s nice to be recognized.”

Fire Chief Jason Worsdale said the bash draws huge support from the community. The fire department had trucks on display on the front lawn of the bike shop during the event.

“We like to come out and show off what all these donations go toward,” Worsdale said. “We get a lot of interested people and this function has actually brought people onto my department before.”

The weekend bash also allowed several locally-owned businesses to donate time and services.

“While this event is about keeping the community safe, it also brings the community together,” said James Kincaid, owner of Pitstop Bar and Grill. “Anytime we have a closer community, we have a safer community.”

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