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  • Rides, food, bingo take center stage at St. Johnsville Fireman’s Fair

  • The St. Johnsville Fireman’s Fair celebration continued from the beginning of last week throughout the weekend at Soldiers and Sailor’s Memorial Park. Volunteer Fireman Adam Johnson said the fair has been ongoing for 62 years. “It’s a great community event t...
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  • The St. Johnsville Fireman’s Fair celebration continued from the beginning of last week throughout the weekend at Soldiers and Sailor’s Memorial Park.
    Volunteer Fireman Adam Johnson said the fair has been ongoing for 62 years.
    “It’s a great community event that helps to benefit the services of the St. Johnsville Fire Department 100 percent,” Johnson said. “This is a family friendly event. We want to keep everyone safe and do what’s best for our community.”
    Johnson added the fair is a community event that focuses on serving the community in a fun and safe manner without the sale of alcohol.
    One thing the fair is known for is the Manhattan clam chowder.
    “It’s famous and everyone seems to love it,” said Johnson. The red chowder is a favorite homemade by the fire department and the St. Johnsville Benefit club.
    The Explorers Jr. Firefighter group also took part in the event to raise funds selling fresh squeezed lemonade and hosting a raffle for a flat screen television.
    Debra Edwards and Marilyn Smith, of Fort Plain, brought their grandchildren to the fair for a day of family fun.
    “We were here for a little bit yesterday but, I promised my two grandchildren if they could wait, they could do rides all day today, and that is what they are here doing now,” Smith said.
    Edwards added, “the children really enjoy the field days, my granddaughter was walking around eating two snow cones at once. As long as it makes her happy, I’m okay with it.”
    “I’ve been here almost every day all week riding rides,” said Dillan Ouderkirk of Mohawk.
    Ouderkirk said his uncle is the owner of the company who helps to supply the rides and most of the time he gets to ride for free.
    “I love all the rides but, my favorite is the Grava Tron,” he said. The Grava Tron is a ride that is new to the field day’s adding even more fun to the many ride favorites.
    Ashley Klump of Little Falls explained how the Grava Tron ride works. “When you get on it you lay against the wall and are strapped, once everyone is set the ride begins to spin and loud music plays inside the ride, it’s really fun,” she said.
    Bingo is one of the biggest attractions at the field days for adults complete with many  bingo prizes donated by the St. Johnsville Lady’s Auxiliary and Kathy’s Attic and Thrift Shop of Fort Plain. Players can play on up to three bingo cards at a time tripling their chances of a win a prize of their choice.
    “If a person wins they will receive a ticket and all of the prizes available for bingo winners have a paper attached that says how many tickets are needed to claim that particular prize,” Corinne Larman said. “Some people like to use their tickets to find a prize right away and other save them for the big ticket prizes.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Larman added all the funds made from bingo go to support the St. Johnsville Fire Department which benefits a cause that is crucial to our community.
    “My husband fell off of the roof and fell on his foot causing a  compound fracture and if it wasn’t for the St. Johnsville Fire Department and paramedics who cared for his injury would have lost his foot, Larman said. “The field days are a great way to show our gratitude and thank them for all that they do for our community.”
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