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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

Come To the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival This Weekend!

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Aug 032017
 

Orange Firemen’s Carnival

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opens tonight at 5 p.m.

This is the Department’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so while you’re there take advantage of all the things the OVFD has to offer, including fantastic food at the pavilion and the satellite food tent near the fence. Take a chance on the fire department sponsored games and don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for 11 great prizes!

The 50/50 raffle offers you an opportunity to win half of the accumulated pot (and the fire department will receive the other half) each night – that’s at the raffle tent, too.

Come on out and support your all volunteer Orange fire department this weekend. Have fun, and enjoy some great food.

The Hours are:

Thursday – 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday – 5:00 PM to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

Photos From The Final Day Of The OVFD Carnival

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Aug 032015
 

Everywhere you looked someone was taking pictures with their cell phone.

Everywhere you looked someone was taking pictures with their cell phone.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department made out pretty well as far as the weather for their annual fundraising carnival, yet, the crowds still seemed a bit smaller than in past years.

Folks who did come out had a good time, enjoyed the food, rides and fireworks.

It may be some time before we know how the fire department “made out.” Last year they were down by tens of thousands of dollars because it was the first year they couldn’t mail the raffle tickets to every household, but this year, more residents were aware of that situation. But only time will tell, after all the numbers are crunched, if the OVFD is on par with past years’ intake.

Several years ago, you couldn’t even get close to the main raffle tent when the drawing was taking place, but on Sunday there was enough room to sidle right up to the shelf. — a sign of the times? I don’t know.

Here are some photos from Sunday’s final day at the Carnival, including the prize drawing.

Here It Is, Carnival Day: Everything You Need To Know

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Aug 012015
 

carnival 2015The Orange Volunteer Fire Department has been working on the 2015 carnival since the day after the 2014 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.

Denise Mirto sent a shout-out for food tent volunteers more than a month ago and has been successful, but she can still use a few extra hands on Saturday day and night and Sunday.

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 10 great prizes, including a $5,000, $4,000, or $2,000 Visa Gift Card, $1,200 Gift Certificate from Diamond Designs, Apple iPad WiFi 16 GB from Best Buy, or one of the gift cards from Chip’s, Trader Joes, Knights Inc or Ben’s Service Center. And finally, there’s the Tickets to New Haven Open at Yale Tennis Tournament.

Rides

Pick up Advanced Online Ride Bracelets at the Main Raffle Booth
Photo ID and signature are required at pickup

• Children must be at least 3’ tall to ride any ride

Advanced online purchase ride bracelets 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 didn’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)

Schedule

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.

 

After a little rain forecast between 4-8 tonight, the weather is supposed to be great all weekend so, come on down and support your Volunteer Fire Department.

Firemen’s Carnival Fun and Games For a Good Cause

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Aug 012015
 

IMG_6375Friday night was a beautiful night for the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival.

Come out today between Noon and Midnight.

Free Children’s Raffle during the matinee.

Fireworks at 10:45 p.m.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Big Raffle, top prize is a $5,000 Visa Gift Card.

Step up for the 50/50 raffle $2 per ticket – half the pot goes to the winning ticket holder and half goes to the OVFD. Friday’s biggest prize winner brought home $172. The more people that participate, the higher the amount you can win.

Proceeds from the Raffles, Main Food Tent, Firemen’s Satellite Food Tent (near the fence on Orange Center Road) and fire department sponsored games, go to support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

 

Family Fun Day at the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival: Come On Down!

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Aug 042013
 

IMG_0443The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, ends today, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

The carnival is one of the most popular traditional events in town and the proceeds from ride tickets, fire department sponsored games and food from the Pavilion and satellite tent near the fence go to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department to pay for training and equipment.

Not only do they have your favorite carnival treats, but also lobster rolls, roast beef sandwiches, corn and much, much more!

A view from the top of the Ferris Wheel (photo by Ray LaPlante)

A view from the top of the Ferris Wheel (photo by Ray LaPlante)

If you took advantage of this option, you may pick up your ride bracelets in the rear of the Main Raffle Booth across from the Pavilion. A photo ID and signature are required at pickup.

The ride bracelets may be used Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

If you did not purchase advance tickets, the firefighters offer an at carnival ride special of $22 for the Sunday Family Fun Day from 12-5 p.m.

Individual ride tickets are available at the ticket booth (not to be confused with the raffle booth).

The big Raffle drawing is at 4:30 p.m. (you do not have to be present to win). Tickets are $5 each and will be sold until moments before the drawing.

Visit https://www.orangevfd.com/carnival/raffle.htm for a list of this year’s Raffle Prizes.

For more photos visit the Orange Live Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/Orangectlive