Story by Lourice Angie
It was time once again for the annual Fireman’s Carnival sponsored by the Warwick Fire Department (WFD). The fun-filled, four-day fair was held from Wed., June 26 to Sat., June 29 at Veterans Memorial Park in Warwick, ending with an extra spectacular fireworks display that lit up the night sky on Sat. in honor of the WFD celebrating 150 years of volunteer service. The Carnival has been an annual event in Warwick for over 25 years and is just one of the many ways that the WFD gives back to the community.
For many the event marks the official kick-off to summer and for school students, highlighting the start of their summer vacation. The weather was clear and warm and the event was well attended each day. Wristbands, good for unlimited rides on the night of purchase, were $25 each on Wed, Fri, and Sat. and $20 each on Thurs. There were also WFD 150 celebratory T-shirts, plastic cups, and coffee mugs for sale during the carnival and after the fireworks.
In addition to the fun and games for all ages, the carnival wouldn’t have been complete without the delicious variety of foods and treats that could be smelled in the air.
Jeff Schadt, who for many years was in charge of organizing the annual parade and carnival, sadly passed away in 2016 and since then, the organization of these events was taken over by Tom Cosgrove, a member of the Goodwill Hook and Ladder Company in Warwick. Cosgrove thanked the community for their support.
“The support really means a lot to us; thank you. We continue to sponsor this Carnival for the community. A special thank you to the Warwick Valley Dispatch for the great coverage on our events,” Cosgrove said.
A special thanks also goes to the Warwick Police Department and Volunteer EMT services for being on board throughout the event and ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all.
To make a donation or to help fund the annual Warwick Fire Department carnival and fireworks display, call 986-3473. For more information on becoming a WFD volunteer firefighter and providing fire and rescue service to the citizens of the Warwick Fire District, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request an application.
Those interested may stop by any of the three fire houses on the first Tues. of each month at 6 p.m. or send them a message on Facebook.