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Remember: There Is NO Farmers’ Market This Thursday, Aug. 1

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Jul 312019
 

The Farmers’ Market will NOT take place at the Orange Fairgrounds this Thursday, Aug. 1, to make way for the annual Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival.

The carnival is important to the town because it provides funding to the volunteer organization with which the department can pay for training for the selfless men and women who VOLUNTEER to answer the call whenever they are needed to help a stranger or neighbor in an emergency.

The pavilion, where the Farmers’ Market always sets up, is home base for the main food pavilion, run by the firefighters and other volunteers. Proceeds from this location go to support the OVFD.

The Satellite Food Tent also is run by the volunteer firefighters and their family members working side by side with community volunteers. It is located by the fence on Orange Center Road.

Admission is free! So even if you’re not in the carnival mood, or if the weather seems a little dicey, you can help support the OVFD by picking up dinner to go! While you’re there walk another 50-feet and buy a raffle ticket or two.

Top Prize this year is a $10,000 Visa Gift Card. Can’t hurt to try!

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year — The Orange Firemen’s Carnival!

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Jul 262019
 

Orange volunteer firefighters will kick off their annual carnival at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, continuing an area tradition and undertaking their biggest fund-raiser of the year.

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival is a tradition that is almost 100 years old, according to carnival chairman Don Foyer.

It runs Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Advance sales for ride wristbands, sold at a discount, are available at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department website https://www.orangevfd.org/carnival until Wednesday.

Wristbands will be available at the carnival Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Ride tickets also
will be available at the carnival. Fireworks are planned for Friday and Saturday.

Not only has the carnival grown to be an area favorite for a night out, it’s a major fund-raiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

“It’s a really important event for the fire department,” said Foyer. “We’re self-funded. The town gives us a small contribution, but this event is how we finance the department and its operations for the next year, including the purchase of equipment, supplies, apparatus, and training.”

Firefighters will be showing off their newest fire truck, Quint-32. The $850,000-vehicle is equipped with an aerial ladder, pumps, a water tank and transports equipment and personnel. It arrived in July.

“The town doesn’t buy us equipment like this,” Foyer said. “We buy it with funds raised at the Carnival and other fund-raisers. Just like when a family buys a car, we plan and save for a few years. This year, we added the truck and all of the equipment that goes in it to our fleet.”

There are new things for carnival-goers, too. Eli’s Restaurant will be on-hand selling lobster rolls. In addition to food trucks, Orange firefighters and their friends will be cooking as always, and the food lines have been reorganized to make it easier. Foyer said there always new rides and games to play.

Foyer, a firefighter for 45 years, has chaired the carnival for 10 years. It’s grown larger and has become a regional favorite. Foyer said the carnival was started shortly after the creation of the fire department in 1925. As it has grown, the carnival moved from the town green, to the area behind town hall and then to its current home on the Orange Fairgrounds.

“We’re looking forward to another great year for everyone,” said Foyer. “It never get old or boring. Every year brings new excitement.”

Orange Volunteer Fire Association
625 Orange Center Road • P.O. Box 878
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 891-4703

Are You Ready For The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival?

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Jul 272018
 

Volunteer Workers at the OVFD Carnival

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opens next Thursday at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road.

This is the OVFDs biggest fundraising event of the year and the men and women of the department depend upon the community’s support here in order to be able to continue to provide the town of Orange the best service possible.

The money raised from raffle tickets and sales from the main food tent and Satellite food tent near the fence at Orange Center Road pays for equipment and training all year long.

The Carnival is open on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3 from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, from noon to midnight, and Sunday, Aug. 5 from noon to 5 p.m.

The early weather forecasts are not looking too promising for much sunshine for this year’s event, but the forecast isn’t always spot on, especially so far in advance.

In the event of duck-loving weather, remember, the volunteers will be out in full force cooking food and selling raffle tickets under the tent across from the main food tent (Pavillion). Parking and admission are free, so you can still support the OVFD by having dinner and investing $5 in a raffle ticket (Top prize is a $7,000 Visa Gift Card!)

Saturday’s Carnival highlights

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Aug 052017
 

Bicycle winners Cyrilla and Paul with Asst. Fire Chief Charles Sherwood.

Saturday is always a big day for kids at the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival. For as far back as I can remember, the Saturday matinee is when the Fire Department draws the winning tickets for the free bicycle raffle.

This year’s lucky winners were Paul from Milford and Cyrilla from West Haven.
The afternoon weather was perfect and it just got better as the day went on.
One of the hot spots was the fried dough booth under the pavilion and Eli’s restaurant tent also found a lot of fans.
The OVFD always manages to reel in celebrity announcers, Radio personality Brian Smith has been volunteering for a few years and this afternoon some were surprised to hear the smooth and familiar voice of former tv newsman Leon Collins, now a Legislative Representative for the Connecticut State Firefighters Association.
The annual fundraising event ends tomorrow, (Sunday) at 5 p.m.
If you have purchased your discount-priced ride bracelets online, when you arrive at the fairgrounds, go directly to the rear of the raffle tent (across from the pavilion ‘Main Food Tent’) to pick up your wristbands, and have your ID ready.

You may use your wristbands on Sunday, Aug. 6 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Remember, children must be at least 3-feet tall to ride any ride. 

You can still buy regular priced tickets at the carnival.

This is the 89th annual Firemen’s carnival and this year the goal of the department’s largest fundraiser is to raise $850,000 to purchase a 75-foot ladder truck with the capability of reaching the tall buildings in town.

Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win one of 11 prizes which, this year, are:

  1. $7,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank
  2. $4,000 Gift Card – Travelers Choice, 236 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  3. $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT (Orange, CT Location Only)
  4. $2,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank
  5. $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  6. Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  7. $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT
  8. $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  9. $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., 286 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  10. $200 Gift Card – Exxon Quick Stop, 404 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  11. Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

Tickets are just $5 each and can be purchased at the main raffle tent across from the pavilion.

The drawing is on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road. No, you do not have to be present to win.

Mother Nature Smiles On The OVFD Carnival (information and photos)

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Aug 052017
 

After a rather nasty early morning display, during which Mother Nature saturated the area (especially at 4, 6, and 7 a.m.) she then had a change of heart before the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opened for its Saturday Matinee making way for the third day of family fun. Continue reading »

A Phenomenal Opening Night For The OVFD Carnival

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Aug 032017
 

The weather was cooperative, the crowds were enthusiastic, the volunteers were great and this was just a phenomenal opening night for the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival in Orange.

Come back again and enjoy fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights.

Carnival Hours:

Friday – 5:00 PM to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win one of 11 prizes which, this year, are:

  1. $7,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank
  2. $4,000 Gift Card – Travelers Choice, 236 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  3. $2,500 Gift Certificate – Anytime Fitness, 560 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT (Orange, CT Location Only)
  4. $2,000 Visa Gift Card – People’s Bank
  5. $1,200 Gift Certificate – Diamond Designs, 500 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  6. Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB, Best Buy, 53 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  7. $400 Gift Card – ShopRite, 935 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT
  8. $350 Gift Card – Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  9. $250 Gift Card – Knights, Inc., 286 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  10. $200 Gift Card – Exxon Quick Stop, 404 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
  11. Gift Certificate to Yale New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament

Tickets are just $5 each and can be purchased at the main raffle tent across from the pavilion.

Drawing is on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road. No, you do not have to be present to win.

Notes In A Nutshell: Board Of Selectmen

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Jul 122017
 

The Board of Selectmen met on Wednesday, July 12.

Following are notes from that meeting:

A list of all the roads scheduled for repaving was announced. [We will post it soon. If you can’t wait, click on the OGAT Video On Demand link to the left in a couple of days].

First Selectman Jim Zeoli suggests that residents make a batter board to protect their mailboxes NOW instead of waiting until winter when the snow has already fallen.

The town is seeking bids for work that is needed on the South Wing of High Plains Community Center, including the pool area [that specifically will be done in 2018] and Orange hopes to work out a plan with the JCC and the YMCA to allow residents to use their pools while the town pool is out of commission.

Hilton Suites extended stay hotel will be coming to Orange off of Marsh Hill Road, Northbound side.

 

 

OVFD Enjoys A Perfect Carnival Opening Night (Photos)

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Aug 042016
 

Thursday, Aug. 4 marked the first night of the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival at the Orange Fairgrounds.

The weather was perfect and the crowds of people took advantage of the great rides and flocked to the main food pavilion and the satellite food tent (both run by the OVFD) and lined up to buy raffle tickets.

Former Radio Host Brian Smith was once again on-hand to do the announcing once reserved for the late great Bob Crocco.

The drink tractor that travels around the grounds offers water, lemonade, soda etc, with no long lines, and all proceeds go to the OVFD.

Friday’s weather also is supposed to be terrific, so don’t delay, get your wristbands (if you bought them in advance) and have a blast. Carnival is open from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Fireworks will be set to light up the sky at 10:30 p.m. on Friday.

 

Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Begins Today

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Aug 042016
 

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen's Carnival

Nighttime fun at the Orange Firemen’s Carnival

The highly anticipated annual family event of the year begins tonight at 5 p.m.

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival is set up and ready to roll at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road with about 20 thrilling rides from Rockwell Amusements for children and adults alike.

Parking and Admission are FREE

If you purchased ride wristbands online, go to the rear of the Raffle Tent (located across from the main food pavilion). Remember to bring your ID when you pick them up.

The carnival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. on Thursday.

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.