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Newport Booya celebrates 60 years, serves 320 gallons

Retired Newport firefighter Len Louden was in charge of stirring the five large drums of Booya Sunday. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss1 / 5
Four-year-old Mackenzie Clancy, of Cottage Grove, is all smiles after getting her hair sprayed hot pink at Booya Sunday. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss2 / 5
Serving booya by the bowl, Newport firefighters braved the heat in the kitchen to serve the hundreds of area residents at the department's annual fundraiser Sunday. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss3 / 5
Residents from around south Washington County made their way to Newport's fire station No. 1 Sunday for the 60th annual Booya. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss4 / 5
Residents from around south Washington County indulged in more than 300 gallons of booya Sunday at Newport fire station No. 1. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss5 / 5

Hot stew on a hot summer day isn't a typical meal, unless it's booya.

The Newport Fire Department whipped up five drums equalling 320 gallons of the Midwestern classic over the weekend and served hundreds of area residents during the 60th annual Booya Sunday. The event took place at Newport fire station No. 1.

"We had a steady crowd come in, enjoy the festivities and eat the booya and some took it to go," said Tom Ingemann, Newport assistant fire chief and 'Official Voice of Booya.' "We started cooking (Saturday) morning and added ingredients yet today. We made five drums this year."

The family-friendly get together, which is an annual fundraiser for the fire department, entertained booya lovers of all ages with Bingo, carnival games, hair and face painting and the famous liquor raffle. A bounce house and inflatable fire truck kept kids on their feet and a grease fire demonstration showed event-goers a brief glimpse into fire safety.

Retired Newport firefighter Len Louden manned the booya kettles, stirring each pot several times an hour. A variety of meats and vegetables simmered throughout the afternoon.

At $3.50 per bowl, the event raised money for the Newport Fire Department.

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