The Hook & Ladder Fire Company is pleased to present Granville Fireman’s Carnival starting tonight, providing evenings filled with old fashioned summer fun, games and food each evening through Saturday, June 18.
It’s carnival food, games and live music for the next three night culminating in the fireworks display Saturday night to benefit the fire department.
“We’re excited to bring the carnival back. We’re very happy we were able to bring it back – this is the third or forth year,” treasurer and carnival co-chair Dan Roberts said.
The carnival will have live music every night starting with the Black River Canyon Band from 6 to 8:30 p.m. followed by Soul Survivor closing out the night until 11 p.m.
On Friday, the Earth Arcade play from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by the Ray Evans Family Band from 9 to 11 p.m.
Riding a float in the parade and playing until the first fireworks explode in the night skies above the carnival grounds will be local favorites Kissmummy, with warm up act Bad Dog Spike.
The bands begin Saturday after the parade gets back to the carnival grounds.
The final night of the carnival features the evening parade through the streets of the village, live music and ends with a fireworks show.
Stepping off at 5 p.m., the parade and returns to the carnival lot in about one hour.
Firefighters have said they plan to continue to seek floats and entrants for the parade up until 4:30 p.m. the day of the parade.
“All are welcome,” Roberts said. “Anyone who wants to join in they’re more than welcome anybody who wants to put in a float, they’re more than welcome too.”
Anyone looking to add a late entry can stop in at the firehouse on Quaker Street, check in at the office at the carnival ground off of East Potter Avenue or find Roberts, co-organizer Debra Whiteley or Hooks’ Chief Dan McClenning to sign up.
Kids interested in joining in the parade can decorate their bikes to ride along.
The parade will leave the carnival lot on Park Street and proceed up to Church Street to Main Street, onto Quaker Street to Potter Avenue and back to the carnival lot off East Potter Avenue for the kickoff of the final night of summer fun.
“We’re hoping everyone will come out and join us and have a good time,” Robert said.
Should the worst case come to pass, Sunday, June 19, will be the rain date for the parade and/or fireworks.
If Saturday is a washout, Roberts said, if the parade goes off, but the end of the night and the fireworks are rained out, the midway will open for a period Sunday before the fireworks. “Everything that we don’t do Saturday, we’d do Sunday. We’ll open the rides and then do (fireworks),” he said.
Fireworks will light up the Granville night sky Saturday starting about 10:45 p.m.
The midway, provided again by Family Fun Amusements, will open each night of the carnival at 6 p.m. and run until 11 p.m.
For those who can’t get enough of the rides, each night of the carnival will be wristband night. Roberts said the midway crew will bring in two new rides this year.
“I don’t know what they are but they haven’t been here before,” Robert said.
The summer carnival is a major fundraiser for the Granville Hook & Ladder Fire Company and will run until about 11 each night