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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!

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.

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.