B y Jaime Thomas
It’ll be a whole new ride for local amusement-seekers at this year’s Fireman’s Carnival next week.
Granville Hook and Ladder’s biggest event, which takes place next Thursday through Saturday, June 13 to 15, will hold a brand new set of 12 rides.
“Our main goal is to bring back a lot of things people have been asking for, like the Cobra, for years,” said Helen Wood, who is helping organize the event. “We have all new rides this year and nice rides that parents can go on with their kids.”
She said there are 12 rides and at least half of them are for teens and adults. And to go along with the new attractions is a wristband, which gets children and adults alike unlimited riding for the night for $20.
In addition to the rides, there will be nightly shows. Phil Hoyt will play country music on Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and D.J. True Grit will be at the event as well. Organizers are still looking for more live entertainment. There will be games including dime pitch, a cake booth, a fish pond and a t-shirt game— “All the favorites we’ve had for years,” Wood said.
For the little ones there will be a fire truck kids’ ride, and for families an adult and child train ride, as well as a Ferris wheel and boat ride. The fire department will also set up its own bounce house, which will cost $1.
Also new this year will be cow plop bingo, which the West Pawlet fire department is helping with. Those interested in purchasing squares can stop at the firehouse before next Thursday night.
To kick off the carnival, a parade will step off at 5 p.m. at the firehouse, continuing up Main Street and across Church Street to the carnival grounds on East Potter Avenue. Wood said the department is looking for anyone who is interested to participate in the parade.
“Anything from kids decorating a bicycle or wearing a Halloween costume to a whole float,” she said.
There will be fireworks, for which the department is looking for financial donations, on Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. A 50/50 raffle will be offered each night, too.
Food, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, clams, and sausage and peppers, will be for sale, and the firemen will sell their own cotton candy and food. Wood said the department has been struggling financially, like all nonprofit organizations, and this is their biggest fundraiser of the year.
“This is really our big thing in order to be able to serve the community. It’s something that is local. We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support from the community,” she said. The carnival is open each day from 6 to 11 p.m., and the rain date will be Sunday, June 16. For more information call 518-642-2401.