Fun at the carnival
Annual firemen’s carnival ‘all about family fun’
Firefighters don’t expect to be compensated for dousing a house fire, aiding EMS or providing help when Mother Nature has a fit. Luckily, at an event featuring amusements for all ages this week, you have a chance to give back and pay it forward.
The Hegins Valley Fire Rescue Carnival will kick off Wednesday at Hegins Park and run until June 16. The carnival officially opens at 5 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and until 11 p.m. June 15 and 16. There is no cost to enter and it is open to the public, according to Chad Richards, deputy fire chief and carnival coordinator.
The carnival “is all about family fun and community socializing! Many people use this event to come back home and meet up with old friends and family. There is something for everyone: rides, games, food, drinks and, of course, the one thing Hegins Carnival is known for, its beer garden!” Richards said. “We are one of the only carnivals around that have a beer garden nightly. We have two kind of beer on tap: this year, it is Yuengling Pilsner and Miller Lite. Our largest attraction is mug night, which is held Wednesday night. We sell commemorative glass beer mugs for $10 and it includes a fill of beer and $1 refills all night.”
Along with the nightly beer garden will be music and an attraction, with Wednesday featuring a parade at 7 p.m. in addition to mug night, with music by DJ Dan Poletti; Thursday and Friday as wristband night — pay $20 for a wristband and get on rides all night long — with music by Flamin’ Dick & The Hot Rods on Thursday and Sapphire on Friday; and on Saturday, music by Deuce and the “area’s best fireworks show” at 10 p.m. by Bixler’s Pyrotechnics of Ashland.
With attractions and entertainment marked off on the carnival checklist, that leaves only one thing: food, and there will be plenty of it. According to Richards, there will be hometown favorites, including homemade mac and cheese, burgers, hot dogs, halushki, “famous” sausage sandwiches, chicken fingers, fresh-cut french fries made from potatoes donated by Huntzinger’s Farms of Hegins, Smittie’s soft pretzels and a new item, Yuengling beer-battered fish sandwiches.
Although it’s a four-day fun-filled time, one must remember that the proceeds are benefiting a good cause: helping to fund the fire company whose members participate voluntarily and risk their lives on some calls. Fire equipment isn’t cheap and help is never easy to find, but HVFR makes it a point to help the community on what might be a resident’s worst day.
“We provide fire protection and education to our community as well as assist the local EMS for medical assists and the township with clearing the roadways of downed trees,” Richards said. “We also provide mutual aid to the surrounding areas. Really any emergency situation that arises, the fire company can be called on and we respond! This is all done on a volunteer basis which means, other than donations, it is free to our community and surrounding areas.”
Ninna, left, and Brody Lesher, Valley View try their luck at winning a goldfish during last year’s Hegins Valley Fire Rescue Carnival. This year’s event will be held Wednesday through June 16 at Hegins Park.