Newport Booya celebrates 60 years, serves 320 gallons
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.