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.

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