2008-10-02 / Local & State

Needmore Fireman's Festival Next Saturday

Company unveils new equipment facility

Area residents will have plenty to take in next Saturday when the Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. unveils its newly constructed equipment building as part of their annual fireman's festival.

The construction of the 56-by-65- foot facility got under way in early April with the general contractor bid in the amount of $238,500 being awarded to McConnellsburg-based Palmer Construction. The new facility, according to company Assistant Fire Chief Brian Strait, will house the fire company's equipment, and final touches are tentatively slated to be completed this Friday.

Strait indicated in drawing up plans for a new equipment building, certain design areas were eliminated in order to cut back on expenditures, which initially totalled approximately $1 million. Furthermore, the construction will, in turn, free up space on the top floor of the existing firehall for a new office for Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson. Renovations for the new office could get started as early as January 2009.

Even though it has not yet been determined how the fire company will utilize Johnson's former office, possibilities discussed include an office area or a location for training.

While residents are urged to sneak their first peak at the interior of the new equipment building on Saturday, October 11, they are also reminded not to forget the other events scheduled for their annual fireman's festival. The lineup for the special fireman's parade will kick off at 2 p.m. along Route 655 south of Needmore. The parade itself will wind through Needmore beginning at 4 p.m. with trophies awarded for an array of categories at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, under the list of "new attractions," the company will host its first 50/50 cash bingo in the basement of the old firehall at the conclusion of the parade. Outside in the bay area of the new equipment building, the ever-popular band known as "Night Drive" will be performing live for local residents all evening long.

Strait concluded some of the more popular offerings such as homemade ice cream and kids' games ranging from dart throwing and dime pitch are slated to be on site as well. The Needmore Fire Princess contest will also take place immediately following the parade, during which all fire princess contestants are invited to ride on the fire truck and play a special part of the parade.

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