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A Hopland Homecoming: Over Five Hundred People Gather for Hopland Fire’s BBQ

The Blues Defenders playing for the crowd at last night’s Hopland Fire BBQ [Photos by Peter Armstrong]

Last night, members of the Hopland community were finally able to return to a long-standing tradition brought to a halt by the pandemic: the annual Hopland Fire Department BBQ.

Hopland Fire Department Chief Mitch Franklin told us his crew served over five hundred meals last night. Community members sat family-style, enjoying their tri-tip or chicken, as local band The Blues Defenders played licks through the night. Kiddos were entertained by a bounce house that kept them busy.

Chief Franklin told us the annual BBQ has been an event that brought the Hopland community together. After two years of hiatus due to pandemic protocols, he told us guests described seeing their friends and neighbors for the first time in two years.

Beer and wine were served to those interested

The fundraiser brought in roughly $30,000, which goes directly to the Hopland Fire Association to cover costs such as training, equipment, or other needs that might emerge throughout the season.

Chief Franklin expressed gratitude for all the community members who came out and the businesses and individuals who donated items for the raffle.

Overall, Chief Franklin said, “it was a great night.”

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs told.

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