Caldwell Volunteer Fire Company (CFD) will hold its 68th annual Caldwell Fireman’s Festival on Saturday, July 25.
There will be some noticeable changes to this year’s event which will be held behind the Caldwell Fire House at 215 West St.
In years past, the event has typically been a three-day event with a parade. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival’s committee had opted this year to do a one-day festival and forego the parade.
The annual festival is the fire company’s largest fundraiser, with funds raised going to maintenance of the firehouse and equipment along with the purchase of new gear — boots, helmets and other items needed for the company, according to volunteer firefighter and festival committee member Jason Niswonger.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. and run through 10p.m.
The festival will include a car show, local fire truck show, concessions, which include instant bingo, 50/50, a gun raffle, T-shirts, snow-cones, popcorn, and two bands, Jim Wells and Grandson Justin and Drive Line sponsored by Davis Drug and The Freckled Fox.
Lunch will be available starting at 11 a.m., and a chicken dinner will begin at 4 p.m.
Lunch and dinner will continue until they are sold out. The lunch menu will feature hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, fresh fries, cheese fries, pulled pork, and corn-on-the-cob. The dinner menu will feature a chicken dinner which will consist of a half chicken, baked potato, green beans and a dinner roll.
There will be no rides offered at this year’s event.
The Caldwell Fire Company is asking anyone who is at high risk or showing any signs of COVID-19 to do their part in protecting themselves and others by staying home this year.
“The community’s safety is the fire department’s top priority and the CFD asks for your support during the festival with six-foot social distancing, wearing face masks, and practicing proper hand sanitation,” The CFD festival committee noted in a news release. “The CFD and its volunteers will be taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face masks, continuous cleansing of facilities and grounds as well as constantly washing their hands.”
The CFD also noted that in an effort to protect the firemen and volunteers, they would not be providing services to anyone who is exhibiting any symptoms ofCOVID-19 and suggests people stay up to date on public health guidelines outlined at www.cdc.gov.
“The Caldwell Fire Company thanks its community and sponsors for all your support during this year’s event,” the release said.
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