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What You Need To Know About The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival

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Aug 022018
 

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival is the department’s most important fundraiser of the year. The popular event at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road begins today, Thursday, August 2 at 5 p.m. and is open until 11 p.m.

If you purchased ride tickets in advance online, you may pick up your wristband in the rear of the raffle tent, opposite the main food pavilion and use it all night from 5-11 p.m.

If Mother Nature isn’t feeling too kind, you may still come and support the OVFD by purchasing your dinner at the main food pavilion or the satellite tent, both of which are run by volunteers to benefit the fire department.

Pick up a raffle ticket for just $5 – you have to be in it, to win it. Don’t forget about the 50/50 Raffle, too

Remember, parking and admission are always free.

Friday, Aug. 3

The carnival is open on Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight with a Spectacular Fireworks Display at 10:30 p.m.

Advance ride wristbands can be used from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday, Aug. 4

On Saturday, the carnival is open from noon to midnight.

Advance ride wristbands can be used during the Saturday Matinee from 12 – 5 p.m. and Saturday Evening from 5 p.m. to midnight.

You may buy a ride wristband at the carnival for $28, that is good during the Saturday Matinee from 12-5 p.m.

Don’t forget about the FREE RAFFLE for Children during the Matinee. Children 12 and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes. You must be present to win!

Stay late for the SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY at 10:45 p.m.

Buy a Raffle Ticket or two (or more) and take a chance on the 50/50 Raffle a few times a day.

Sunday, Aug. 5

On Sunday, the carnival is open from noon to 5 p.m.

Advance ride wristbands can be used the entire time from 12-5 p.m.

You may buy a ride wristband at the carnival for $28, that is good from 12-5 p.m.

The big raffle drawing will take place at the main Raffle Tent at 4:30 p.m. You do NOT have to be present to win.

RAFFLE
Raffle tickets are $5.00, (CLICK HERE) to see this year’s prizes!

Mother Nature Supports The Orange Volunteer Fire Department (so far)

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Aug 022014
 

IMG_6737The busiest day of the annual Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival started off a bit gloomy with steady rainfall around 6:30 a.m. But, just 4.5 hours later, the sun poked through the clouds and everyone was ready to get the show started.

The volunteer firefighters appreciate Mother Nature’s support as this is their major fundraiser of the year.

Proceeds from Fire Department food locations (the pavilion and the satellite tent near the fence on Orange Center Road) as well as the games the firefighters run (Dunk Tank, Speed Ball, High Striker, etc) go to the department to help pay for equipment and training expenses.

Under the main raffle tent, you will find $5 tickets for the big raffle, in which you have a  chance to win one of 10 prizes, including a $5,000 Visa Gift Card! The drawing will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds.

Clear skies ahead!

Clear skies ahead!

Also, listen for announcements for the 50/50 raffle, for a $2 investment you will win half the pot and the fire department gets the other half.

Sometimes, participation is amazing and the winner walks away with a couple of hundred dollars, but if only a few people play you could win only $20 or $30. You must be present to win, and that’s half the fun. I was extremely lucky for the first time EVER on Thursday night, happily winning $51.  — it’s not $200, but it was more than I walked in with and for that, I am ridiculously happy. It helps pay the bills!

We have a Volunteer fire department?

After nearly 20 years of covering news in the town of Orange I am still astounded when I hear someone ask, “We have a volunteer fire department?”

I don’t think anyone writes more stories about the Orange Volunteer Fire Department or the extent of their training to earn certification. Training to enter a burning building. Training to drive a fire truck. In fact our volunteers do not get any money to leave their homes on Christmas eve to fight a chimney fire. No compensation to spend hours on a scorching day putting out a brush fire that’s threatening homes or property. No weekly paycheck to wake up at 3 a.m. to cut a drunk driver out of a rolled over vehicle.

Our volunteer firefighters have real paying jobs that they will leave whenever possible, in the event of an emergency.

With a volunteer fire department you save money on your taxes and you always have highly trained group of men and women ready and willing to do whatever is necessary to keep you, your family and property safe. Fire Chief John Knight hears the calls from Knight’s Equipment Inc., Highway crew chief Donald Foyer works just a few yards away from Station 2 on the Boston Post Road and can have a truck on the road in a minute after being toned out.

It’s not raining out, so head on down to the Orange Fairgrounds and do whatever you can to support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

If you hear a tone and see these men and women leaving their volunteer posts at the carnival, you know that they are on their way to help someone in need. (it’s happened at least once so far at this year’s carnival), but they will be back. It’s what they do.

Today’s events

Ride wristbands are good today for the matinee 12-5 and evening 5-12

If you didn’t buy advance tickets, there is an At Carnival special of $22.00 for unlimited rides: SATURDAY MATINEE noon to 5 p.m.

There also will be a FREE children’s raffle during the matinee. Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes.

The fireworks display is tonight at 10:45 p.m.