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Craley Community Fire Co. held its annual New Year's Block Shoot on Monday, a tradition that spans decades.

Each year on New Year's Day, participants head to Craley Community Fire Co. in Lower Windsor Township for the opportunity to win meat or cash prizes. Don Fake, a trustee with the fire company, said he didn't know exactly how long the fundraiser has taken place, but it has been more than 60 years.

This year, the block shoot took place on Jan. 2 because the company doesn't hold the fundraiser on New Year's Day if the holiday falls on a Sunday, Fake said. He estimated 75 people came to the competition to try to win some of the meat prizes. There were also a number of cash prizes and gift cards.

The competition requires a 12-gauge shotgun, which participants must bring. Each participant then purchases shells and can shoot as many times as they'd like. The targets are 4-inch-square pieces of cardboard with X's on them, and the goal is to hit each line of the "X."

The person that does hit each line wins the grand prize. This year, the grand prize winner could choose between a quarter of beef or $350, Fake said. There are also raffles that occur throughout the day, with prizes such as hams, turkeys, gift cards or cash.

Additionally, the kitchen at Craley Community Fire Co. offered food for purchase. Between the money for shells, the food purchases and raffle ticket purchases, the fire company hopes to raise enough money to finish paying off a tanker that was purchased last year.

Fake explained the tanker is a fire truck that holds 3,000 gallons of water, which is important to the fire company because there are very few fire hydrants in that area.

"We don't have fire hydrants, so we have to have a readily available water source," Fake said.

The tanker was approximately $400,000. There have been a number of other shooting competition fundraisers, and Fake said there will probably be more to help pay for the truck. He said the fire company is 100 percent volunteer.

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