In about four hours, the booya was no more. The Hastings Fire Department Relief Association's annual fundraiser, held Sunday, served 1,200 gallons of booya to the Hastings community. The booya was sold out just a little before 3 p.m.
"It was busy," said firefighter/paramedic Chris Paulson.
Paulson estimated there were close to 1,000 people over the course of the day who came for the stew.
"This year was a little bit better (than last year)," Paulson said. "It wasn't our busiest, but it was quite a bit better than last year."
Money from the event will go to various community organizations. Money will be used to support the James Matsch Memorial Scholarship at Hastings High School and donated to United Way of Hastings, Hastings Family Service, the Lion's Club Toys for Tots program, Bridge to a Cure, the high school's all-night grad party and more. The funds raised this year have not yet been totaled.
Door prize winners
Several Hastings-area residents went home with prizes from the booya.
Chelsee Chapin, Hastings, who won a 42-inch HDTV from Walmart; Briggs Sheridan, Hastings, who won $500 in cash from the fire department's relief association; Anthony Stagno, Hastings, who won 1/4 hind beef from Duff's Meats II; Dave Evans, Hastings, who won a deluxe overnight stay at Treasure Island Resort and Casino; Steve Schloegel, Stillwater, who won a set of DeWalt tools from Doug Speedling Builders; Gordy Herman, Hastings, who won eight all-day passes to Nickelodeon Universe, courtesy of KDWA Radio; Tracy Borash, Hastings, who won an ultimate whirlpool suite night at Rosewood Bed and Breakfast; Don Bauer, Inver Grove Heights, who won a whirlpool suite night at the Hastings Country Inn; Walt Fontaine, Hastings, who won a weedeater or blower from Niebur Tractor and Implement; Jesse Murray, Hastings, who won a $100 gift card to Coborn's; Rick Carlson, Hastings, who won a $100 gift card to Cub Foods; and Stacy Nogy, who won a $100 gift card to Cub Foods.
Katie Townsend of Plymouth won the pedal fire truck for the children's prizes. The ladder fire trucks were won by Dylan King of Miesville and Owen Watterson of Redwood Falls.