The Orange Volunteer Fire Association is on duty 24/7/365. The men and women are highly trained just like the paid firefighters in some nearby cities. They depend upon fundraisers like the annual four-day carnival to bring in money for training, equipment and apparatus.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2016 carnival since the day after the 2015 carnival ended.
Parking and admission are always free.
It takes a lot of planning to keep such a big operation rolling every year, keeping the public interested in coming and finding volunteer non-firefighters willing to help in the food tent and pitch in at various games around the fairgrounds.
Recently, Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers and really can use your help mostly on Saturday day & night shifts and Sunday during the day.
Under the Raffle Tent you will find many familiar faces, selectmen, various committee and board members and residents who come back year after year and donate their time to the fire department, just as the firefighters donate their time to the town every hour of every day.
Several years ago, First Selectman Jim Zeoli called the Carnival the “cheapest fire insurance that an Orange Resident can have.”
“If every household spent a couple hundred bucks at the carnival, it is the cheapest insurance they can have for fire service,” Zeoli said. “If we had a paid Fire Department it would cost us millions of dollars every year.”
Did you know?
There are many rides, games, and food options at the carnival, and everyone has their favorite, but did you know that the Fire Department only benefits from the proceeds at the games and food that they run?
The games are the Frog Bog, Dunk Tank, High Striker, Speedball and Blower ball – the little game of chance next to the raffle tent. The 50/50 raffle benefits both the civilian winner and the fire department, who split the pot a couple of times a day.
The main food tent (under the pavilion) and the satellite food tent straight up the aisle next to the fence on Orange Center Road also are Fire Department run.
Of course, you can’t beat $5 for a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 11 great prizes, including a $7,000 Visa Gift Card, $4,000 Gift Card, $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, $300 Gift Card – Trader Joe’s, $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., $200 Gift Card – Ben’s Service Center, Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.
You may purchase Raffle Tickets at People’s Bank, 653 Orange Center Road; The First Selectman’s Office; Knight’s Power Equipment, 286 Boston Post Road; Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road; at the carnival or from any firefighter.
Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets behind the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup
• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride
Ride bracelets purchased online in advance (by Tuesday, Aug. 2 at noon) may be used during
one of the following periods
Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday Matinee 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday evening, 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Also, if you don’t get your on line wristbands on time, the firefighters offer a special at carnival ride bracelet special for $28.
Ride bracelets purchase at the carnival ticket booths may be used during one of the following periods:
Saturday Matinee noon to 5 p.m. or Sunday Family Fun Day from noon to 5 p.m.
And Don’t Forget
The Carnival Spectacular Fireworks Displays on Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:45 p.m.As always, there is a Free raffle for Children 12 and younger on Saturday, during the matinee
Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. (must be present)
Thursday – 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 12 midnight
Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight
Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.