Local Firemen Gather for Annual Festival

by Emily Baird on June 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

The Harrison Township Fire Department was called to that burn incident in Philo about 20 minutes before a parade that goes along with the annual Fireman’s Festival.

The parade is a tradition for most families, who pull out folded lawn chairs and blankets to watch. 13-year-old Taylor Smith says there’s one thing she looks forward to every year.

"Probably the clowns. I don’t know. It just was funny looking, " says Smith.

There was also the roar of fire engines and ambulances, which was a little too loud for some spectators.

"Yeah, especially for the little ones. They were on the porch crying, " says 22-year-old Erika Santilli.

The Fireman’s Festival is a 3 day event that has been going on for the past 50 years, and Harrison Township Fire Chief, Joseph Wilson, says it’s a very close-knit event.

"If you look behind me, the crowd back here, they support us more than I can ever expect, " says Wilson.

All proceeds from the event go directly to the Harrison Township Fire Department to help them pay for equipment for the firefighters and the trucks. Wilson says he’s hoping to raise between $5,000 and $6,000.