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'It's a give back to the community'

Zoe Greszler • Aug 1, 2018 at 4:00 AM

PLYMOUTH — A hot weekend is in store for area residents.

The 42nd annual Plymouth Fireman’s Festival is scheduled for Friday Aug. 3 and Saturday Aug. 4. 

Calvin Redden, president Plymouth Volunteer Firefighters Association, said the firefighters view it as an important time for both the department and the community.

“We see it as a way to kind of take away a little bit of the burn from the tax payers since all the proceeds we gain go into buying equipment for firefighters,” he said. “Like from last year’s festival we were able to purchase seven brand new outfits for turn out gear — that’s our structural firefighters gear (which are) definitely not cheap.”

The festival brings people to the community, something Redden said doesn’t happen often. The said the volleyball tournament is probably the most popular event of the weekend he said.

“The festival is kind of one of the few things that our community does have, and of course, at the same time they have the Silver King Festival,” he said. “There’s a lot of people that come down for the bands at night, and the volleyball tournament always brings in a lot of people. We have continued it on Saturday.”

Mud volleyball tournament begins its first round at 6 p.m. Friday. The games will resume at noon on Saturday. Pre-registration is $55 and will take place through Wednesday, Aug. 1. Registration is available after that for $65. Entry fees and forms can be mailed to PO Box #23 Plymouth, OH 44865.

The association president said the festival is also known for “our famous barbecue chicken dinner,” which firefighters cook on an open fire for all to see.

“I know first hand this is one of our big things for our guys,” Redden said. “It’s a give-back to the community and it benefits us to benefit them really.”

The Fire Queen pageant will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the VFW.

Food lines open at noon both days and run until 11 p.m., including the festival’s famous barbecue chicken dinners 

The Beer Garden is open from 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and noon to midnight Saturday. 

Live music will be performed both days from 8 p.m. to midnight. Friday’s entertainment will feature the Red Ball Jets, and County Line will play for the crowds Saturday night.  

The Fireman’s Festival 5K run/walk will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday. Registration forms are available online at www.plymoutrackcc.org.

To wrap the event up, the annual parade will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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