Meadville Tribune

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July 18, 2011

Cambridge Springs fest to feature salute to veterans

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — With the 59th annual Cambridge Springs Volunteer Fire Department’s Firemen’s Festival on the horizon, organizers are always looking for ways to improve one of the summer’s biggest events in northern Crawford County.

This year, they decided to attach an “Honoring Our Veterans” theme to one of the festival’s main attractions, Saturday’s parade.

Parade coordinator Dan Jump, whose father Herbert Jump was a World War II veteran, said he’s excited to honor those who fought for the country.

“I always admired him for what he did for the country,” Jump said. “I just thought we should do something to honor the veterans.”

Jump said that about 60 veterans will take part in the parade, with about 10 from World War II.

Also new to the festival this year will be an opening ceremony immediately follow Wednesday’s 6 p.m. pet parade that will start on Main Street and run down to the carnival grounds. The new wrinkle will include an invocation along with the national anthem to be sung by Kristy Tucci.

“We’re going to kick it off with something different,” festival co-chairman Jim Reagles said about conducting the opening ceremony. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Being the co-chairman of the carnival, we finally decided to do it.”

Returning to the carnival for its second year will be the Timeless Tootsie pageant, which will follow the opening ceremonies Wednesday. Twelve senior ladies from the Cambridge Springs area will perform a group dance to Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff,” show and tell about the decorated aprons they created, and model their attire (pajamas).

“That is seeming to be an absolute smash hit,” Reagles said. “I’m kind of thinking we’re going to get absolutely swamped here (during the pageant), which is a good thing.”

Thursday will feature the Spa Spectacular, a talent show that begins at 6:30 p.m., and Friday will include the launch of more than a dozen hot-air balloons at approximately 6 p.m., weather permitting.

One of the balloons will be in the shape of the Post Sugar Bear, which is something Reagles feels will be quite a sight.

“We’ve never to my knowledge had a shaped balloon here, so I’m excited to have that,” Reagles said. “Each year we’re trying to get a little bit bigger and a little bit better.”

Reagles said the hot air balloons will also fly over the town at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting.

From 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, the band Midnight Fire will perform.

The most action-packed day of the carnival takes place Saturday. Events leading up to the parade include a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. (registration is from 7 to 8:45 a.m.), firemen’s water battles at 10 a.m., a Junior Spa Spectacular talent show at 11 a.m., and pie baking and flower contests.

Pie baking and flower contest entries will be accepted from noon to 2 p.m. and winners for the pie baking will be announced at 7. Flower contest judging will take place at 2:30 and the entries will be open to the public from 3 to 7.

Following Saturday’s parade at 5 p.m., the band King Pins will perform from 7 to 11.

As in past years, there will be bingo from 6 p.m. to close, food, games and rides every day of the festival.

There will also be a chicken barbecue dinner available for $8 at the carnival grounds and the fire hall starting at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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