Fun at the car­ni­val

An­nual fire­men’s car­ni­val ‘all about fam­ily fun’

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6002

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.”

DAVID MCK­E­OWN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.

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