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Franklin Twp. Fire Company block party kicks off

Published July 19. 2019 12:47PM

The 39th Annual Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 Block Party will be held today through Sunday.

It starts at 4 p.m. each day at the fire company, located at 2440 Fairyland Road.

Today features a seafood dinner from 4-7 p.m., and music by Abandoned Mind from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

The block party continues Saturday with music by the James Hummel Band from 6:30-10:30 p.m., a garden tractor pull from 7-10 p.m., and a fireworks spectacular at 10:30 p.m.

Sunday features a Kids Challenge Obstacle Course at 3:30 p.m., and acoustic music by Billy T from 6:15-9:15 p.m., with all drawings held at 9:30 p.m.

The event also will include a big Chinese auction, book fair, cartoon portraits, a large variety of food, bingo, games, giveaways, a bounce house, mechanical bull, kiddie rides, and various rides and games.

Chris Lilly, vice president of the auxiliary, said this year’s Chinese auction will be bigger than it’s ever been, as it will include household items, flowering plants, shrubs and produce. There will also be chances on a grill, a swimming pool, two patio sets, a gazebo, a three-seat patio swing, a family fun raffle with chances on a load of Hess trucks; family board games and a wine basket; and two raffle prizes: One a basket of Philadelphia Eagles sports memorabilia and various items, and the other for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lilly said there will also be a book sale where 10 books can be purchased for $1 while they last.

In addition, she said there will also be an expanded food menu, plus favorites such as Sno Cones, cotton candy, candy apples and popcorn.

“Our top seller is our seafood dinner tonight from 4-7; that always sells out,” Lilly said. “That’s our biggest draw.”

Lilly said she believes the reason why the event has been able to sustain itself for such a long period of time is twofold.

“The support of the community,” she said. “And the little army of volunteers that we have.”

Lilly said firefighters and other EMS personnel will be on hand in the event of an emergency.

“We hope that the heat’s not going to keep anyone away,” she said.

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