CHAMPLAIN - Heading into their third year, the Champlain Volunteer Fire Department knows how to prepare for their annual golf tournament. Now, they need the participants to get it off the ground.
"The last two years [the tournament has] grown and this year we're trying to restore our pumper, 'The General,' as we call it," explained fire department secretary and firefighter Cory Thompson, who originally came up with the idea to do a golf tournament.
Thompson estimated it would take several thousand dollars to restore the The General, which was the first motorized pumper truck in Champlain.
"We're trying to get as much as we can," he said.
Some incentives to participate in the golf tournament - which will be held Friday, May 22, at North Country Golf Club on Hayford Road - are prizes for a hole-in-one at designated holes. A special prize will be offered on the third hole - a car from Parker's Chevrolet Pontiac.
"Parker's Chevy has sponsored a hole-in-one with a car for every year I've done it," Thompson said. "I've approached them every year and they've been willing to do it, happily."
In addition to the prizes, Thompson said there are other benefits to participating in the tournament.
"First of all, it's golf. I personally love golfing," he said. "It's Memorial Day Weekend, so I think it's a great way to kick off the weekend and I think that any chance that anybody gets to help their local fire department, I would suggest not passing that up."
The golf tournament will follow a four-person scramble format with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration is $60 per person.
The deadline to register a team is Friday, May 15, by calling Thompson at 298-4559.
"It's a lot of fun," Thompson added. "We have a blast up there. I'm hoping to get as many teams as possible."