Fireman’s Jamboree celebrates 50 years


First Posted: 7/8/2014

CRIDERSVILLE — This weekend will mark the 50th anniversary of the Cridersville Fireman’s Jamboree, one of the village’s biggest yearly events.

“It’s a full-time weekend,” Fire Chief Rick Miller said. “The members have worked really hard to get this to where it is, past and present. We put on a good show for the community and look for the community’s support in return.”

This year’s event will begin at 6 p.m. with the classic car show. The midway will also open at 6 p.m. with plenty of activities for the entire family.

“There will be plenty of rides and games for the kids and families in the family fun area, with plenty of stuff for kids to do,” Miller said.

Today’s entertainment will also include a bingo tournament starting at 7 p.m. at the fire station and live music by local group Haywired in the entertainment tent.

Saturday’s events will begin early, with a 5K run/walk starting at 8 a.m. A craft show will begin at 10 a.m.

“There are over 20 vendors coming for that,” Miller said.

At noon, Uncle Louis’ Barbecue chicken dinners will be available on a first come, first serve basis, with the festival’s grand parade starting at 1 p.m.

“That will run from one end of town to the other,” Miller said. “After the parade, there will be a ride special for the kids. It will include unlimited rides for three hours.”

Additional Saturday events include performances by Jim Boedicker at 1:30 p.m. and Nashville Crush at 8 p.m. There will also be two drawings, one at 11:15 p.m. Friday and the other at the same time Saturday, for $1,000, among other cash prizes.

All the proceeds from the event, including ride tickets and food, will be used to help support the fire department.

“It’s our only true money maker event that we have for the department,” Miller said. “This will purchase equipment and training supplies that we don’t get through grants.”