BRISTOL — The Bristol Volunteer Fire Department will host its third annual Bristol Stomp dinner and dance on Saturday, May 19, at the fire station.

A barbecue dinner will be served from 6-8 p.m., and local band, Wild Card, will provide music for dancing and listening enjoyment from 7-11 p.m.

There will be door prizes, a silent, white elephant auction, a dunking booth, bounce house and plenty of fun for all.

The Bristol VFD serves Ellis County Emergency Services District No. 7.

“We cover a lot more territory than a lot of people realize,” Fire Chief John Edwards said. “If people don’t know which district they live in, it is on their property tax statement.”

“This is our third annual dinner/dance fund-raiser and each one has gotten bigger and better,” said Ginger Mensik, BVFD board member. “And this one is extra special as it will be the first time we get to really show off our new truck.

“We pulled through some pretty tough times for our department in the last year,” Mensik said. “Our firefighters, board members and supporters worked very hard to get BVFD back on solid ground and growing again.

“But with new homes being built in the area at an unprecedented rate, the need for additional and updated equipment is growing as well the need for more volunteers,” she said.

Tickets for the event are $10 per adult and $5 for children younger than age 12. Advance tickets are available at the Bristol General Store or by calling Lisa Edwards at (972) 846-2944. Tickets will also be available at the door.

“Everyone is invited, especially those who live in our district,” Mensik said. “As it says on the tickets, ‘Come meet your neighbors, make new friends and support the people who are here to serve you.' "