Auburn Volunteer Fire Department to Celebrate 100 Years in June of 2011
It’s about 10 months away, but representatives of a number of Auburn organizations are starting planning for the 100th anniversary of the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department on Friday-Sunday, June 10-12, 2011.
Plans include a parade of police, firefighting and emergency medical services equipment. The parade will generally be the same route as the Nemaha County Fair Parade but will likely end at Central Avenue, said Dale Thomas of the Auburn Volunteer Fire Department.
Thomas said many fire departments have equipment which ranges in age from antique to new.
After the parade, vehicles and apparatus will be displayed at the Nemaha County Fairgrounds. That will involve equipment from not just departments in Nebraska, but from throughout the Midwest, Thomas said.
There will be firefighter displays which include vintage displays. In 1917, the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association convention was held at Auburn. Thomas said that gathering included ribbon exchanges between representatives of various communities.
Firefighting skills competitions are planned. These will include water fights, in which firefighters use a fire hose to shoot water onto an above head water barrel and a bucket brigade, in which firefighters attempt to move water from one area to another in the shortest amount of time, Thomas said.
Children’s competitions such as water ball hockey are also planned, he said.
The Music in the Park Committee will coordinate a street dance on the night of June 11. There will be a free pork barbecue and refreshments. Hickory Road BBQ and Catering Co. will be involved.
The Community Builders are planning a June 12 morning pancake feed. Members of the Nemaha County Ministerial Association will organize a nondenominational worship service at Legion Memorial Park.
Members of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the Nemaha Valley Museum also intend to be involved.
More plans and details on the celebration will be announced in the coming months.