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Franklin Township Vol. Fire Co. opens block party with fish fry

  • Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Susan Cook, 15, is one of the many volunteers helping at the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company 33rd annual block party. She helps by selling candy, a very popular area.
    Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Susan Cook, 15, is one of the many volunteers helping at the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company 33rd annual block party. She helps by selling candy, a very popular area.
Published July 20. 2013 09:02AM

Everything is in place for the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company's 33rd annual block party.

The event opened Friday night with its annual fish fry. The block party will continue Saturday and Sunday.

More than 200 fish dinners were prepared for the crowd which began lining up at 4 p.m.

Since the fire hall is air-conditioned, the crowd started to arrive as the doors opened.

Each day there will be special events, live entertainment and plenty of food and activities.

Saturday's events include a garden tractor pull, and the band Boomerang taking the stage from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening will end with a huge fireworks spectacular display at 11 p.m.

Sunday will also feature Jump Start entertaining from 6 to 9 p.m.

There will be an artist doing cartoon portraits, a large variety of food, bingo, book fair, games, cash drawings and Chinese auction, plus many giveaways. The Chinese auction features 200 prizes with a combined value of nearly $7,000. All prizes will be awarded at 9 p.m. Sunday.

The fire company ladies' auxiliary will be honored Sunday during the dedication ceremony of the 2012 KME tanker.

A fire truck parade at 2 p.m. featuring over 40 fire companies will precede the dedication program.

The parade will form at the fire station on Fairyland Road, take a turn onto Harrity Road and then to Reber Street. Then it will turn onto Main Road and turn at Penn Street to Fairyland Road, where the lineup will head back to the fire company for the dedication program at 4 p.m.

Bruce Wolfe, fire chief, noted that the firefighters chose to recognize the ladies auxiliary by dedicating the new truck to it because of their dedication and hard work.

"Because of them, we will have our truck paid for," said Wolfe.

"We've been waiting to dedicate our truck and we chose to dedicate the tanker to the ladies auxiliary because they deserve the recognition,"

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