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  • St. Johnsville Fireman’s Fair opens

  • The St. Johnsville Fireman’s Fair is once again under way.

    A community tradition that continues to bring people to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Park, the fair serves as an important revenue source for the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department, not to mention a send-off to summer as the first day of school is a mere two weeks away.

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  • The St. Johnsville Fireman’s Fair is once again under way.
    A community tradition that continues to bring people to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Park, the fair serves as an important revenue source for the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department, not to mention a send-off to summer as the first day of school is a mere two weeks away.
    “We receive funding through the village budget, but this fair is an important fundraiser for our department,” said Chief Jamie Carter. “The village budget covers our operational expenses, but the fair is how we purchase our equipment and other needed supplies.”
    Funds raised through this year’s fair will help the department make payments on their tower ladder and another engine.
    “We also intend to set some of the funds aside for future purchases,” said Carter.
    Scheduled through Saturday, the fireman’s fair will offer a bargain night on Wednesday, with all rides costing two tickets, Public Safety Night on Thursday, which includes demonstrations of fire apparatus, and fireworks displays on Friday and Saturday.
    Lunch will be served through Friday starting at 11 a.m. and dinner will be served nightly starting at 6 p.m.
    The fair itself, with rides provided by Wheelock Rides, opens at 7 p.m.
    “This truly is a community event,” said Carter. “I know people who come home to St. Johnsville at this time every year just to attend the fair. People circle this week on their calendar and schedule their vacations around it. This fair is how people cap off their summer.”
    The fair also gets its sense of community from the sheer number of volunteers who give of their time to make the event a success.
    “The guys work hard to put this fair together every year, but we would not be able to do it without the support we receive from the auxiliary and the members of the community who come down and help set up or man the booths,” said Carter. “During this week volunteers begin cooking at the H.C. Benefit Club at 5 or 6 a.m. just so the food will be ready in time for lunch, and we have people who remain at the park throughout the day and night helping in any way that they can. We appreciate all of the help we receive.”
    Planning for next year’s fair will begin almost immediately after the conclusion of this year’s fair.
    “It is an almost year-long process to bring everything together, with most of the work taking place the weeks leading right up the fair,” said Carter. “The only thing that is out of our hands is the weather, but from what I’ve seen it looks promising. If the weather is good and the rain holds off, we should have a good week.”
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