The New Concord Fire Department held their 52nd annual Fireman’s Festival this weekend.
Fire Chief, Brent Gates has been serving for 35 years and said they are forced to be more frugal with their spending with fuel prices tripling since he first began. New Concord Fireman’s Association President Jason Moyer said the small activities of Saturday really do make a big impact.
"Oh there’s a lot of good stuff that goes on out here. Chicken dinner is really nice, a lot of people out here, we always sell out of our chicken every year. A lot of people really enjoy it, of course, a lot of good food here with our food booth, the raffles great," explained Moyer. "We got a lot of good things going on out here."
The festival typically raises between $5-10,000 which will be saved in addition to past festival proceeds. The last purchase made was a thermo imaging camera, which cost about $15,000, as a result of savings from almost three festivals. The weekend festivities not only contribute towards equipment but serve as an opportunity to meet the community they serve.
"You don’t get to met the people on the best terms because they call 9-1-1 they’re having the worst day of their life," explained Gates. "And we do out best because it’s the best day of out life because we go out and we help them."
This weekend’s festivities included fireworks Friday night, food and fun and games for the family, all of which wrapped up Saturday.