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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.

There’s Plenty to Do At the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Today

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Aug 062016
 

IMG_5491All week long we’ve been hearing about what a terrible weather day we’d have today, but, as always, the forecast changed and it won’t be a washout.

Rain during the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival means big financial losses for the Fire Department.

The forecast keeps changing so it’s anyone’s guess. People who attended the Saturday matinee got the most out of their wristbands, going on rides without any waiting period and the food tent was serving up food quickly without any wait either. Enjoy your day!!!

The wristbands that you bought online are good today from noon to 5 p.m. for the Saturday Matinee, and this evening from 5 p.m. to midnight. So plan your day accordingly.

Wristbands also will be good tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. and it’s supposed to be pleasant and less humid.

Remember, the Orange Volunteer Firemen and other volunteers already are at the fairgrounds, no matter what the weather. There is still a lot to do IF it rains and you aren’t on the rides. There will be plenty of food available for lunch/dinner. And no time like the present to buy your $5 raffle tickets — first prize is a $7,000 Visa Card.

The Women’s Fire Auxiliary has baked some of the most delicious pies you will every have…they are located in the center of the Main Food Tent (under the pavilion).

Come on down to the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road today and support the Orange Volunteer Firefighters, who are there for you 24/7/365.

 

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.

 

The 2016 Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival Is Coming Soon — Online Ride Ticket Sales End at Noon Aug. 2

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Jul 292016
 

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 12.02.09 PMThe 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.

Rides

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)

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 12.01.30 PMSchedule

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.

Why Are There Firefighters in My Neighborhood?

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Jun 102015
 

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 8.04.04 PMIf you see fire trucks in your neighborhood and firefighters going door-to-door, don’t worry, nothing is wrong, they’re just there making it easy for you to obtain raffle tickets for the annual Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival.

In past years, the firefighters were able to mail the tickets and residents would return the stubs along with a check. But then, last year, the postal service said “No, you can’t do that.” and the fire department took a big hit.

This year’s top prize is a $5,000 Visa Card, second prize $4,000 … and 8 other desirable prizes to win, all for the cost of a $5 raffle ticket.

The proceeds go to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for their expenses, such as, equipment and training.

So when you see the firemen coming to your door, grab your wallet and a pen and buy as many tickets as you can to help them out and show that you appreciate these highly trained volunteers for their service to the community.

Fire Department Suffers Giant Monetary Loss

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Nov 162014
 

Carnival Chairman Donny Foyer (forefront) and a screen shot of one of the 2014 raffle tickets.

Carnival Chairman Donny Foyer (forefront) and a screen shot of one of the 2014 raffle tickets.

In July, Orange Live was the first to tell Orange residents that the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was in trouble.

The tried and true decades old method of selling Carnival Raffle tickets was squashed by the US Postal Service and ticket sales were down.

By the time all the vendors were paid and the receipts were counted after this year’s carnival, the Volunteers were down by $30,000 from last year according to carnival chairman Donny Foyer.

The carnival is the department’s biggest fundraiser and year-after-year it’s been more than profitable, padding the bank account enough to enable the men and women to purchase the equipment they needs to serve the town of Orange, and to pay for training and turnout gear for every volunteer.

How Will They Sell Tickets?

Since they can no longer send tickets through the mail, the firefighters looked into other options that nearby departments use.

The tentative plan is to mail every resident a card asking if they would like to purchase raffle tickets and if so, how many. The residents would then return the card with the number of tickets marked, along with a check with their donation.

The firefighters will fill out the resident’s information on the tickets, then return the corresponding stubs by mail.

This would mean a significant amount of extra work for the volunteer firefighters, but earning the proceeds that they were accustomed to would be well worth the effort and the additional postage.

When the firefighters decide on a definitive plan, Orange Live will release the information (late in spring 2015 or early summer 2015) so you will know what to expect.

When you help the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s fundraising efforts, you are contributing to the safety of your town.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Aug 012014
 

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opened at 5 p.m. Thursday, and will go on through Sunday night.

This is the fire department’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Come on by, even if it’s raining. There’s plenty of food and OH, don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets.

Carnival Photos By Cory Ziman: Saturday Matinee

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Aug 042012
 

Lisa Kaplan, Firefighter of the Year, cools down in the dunk tank on Saturday afternoon.

Cory Ziman is back with more photos from this afternoon’s action at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Carnival on the Orange Fairgrounds.

The matinee ends at 5 p.m. and the evening activities go on from 5 to midnight.

Fireworks at 10:45 p.m.

Come on down, the Food is great the volunteers are cheerful, hardworking and ready to help.

This is the MAJOR fund-raiser of the year for your 100% volunteer Fire Department.

The Auxiliary is back with homemade pie. A heaping helping is only $2.