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ACRA to host state firefighters' meeting

MIDDLEBURY - Vermont firefighters are counting down to their 122nd Vermont State Firefighters convention in the summer. The annual gathering is an opportunity to exchange ideas, compare firefighting and rescue plans, and socialize.

This year's 122nd edition of the Vermont State Firefighters convention will be held July 22-24 in Middlebury, the seat of AddisonCounty. The convention was held in Middlebury four years ago; it's time again to return to the area.

The weekend events will begin Friday afternoon with a tour of several local businesses. On Friday, the firefighters and their families will hold a memorial service for firefighters that have died in the last year; the memorial will be followed by dancing and fireworks to celebrate the lives saved.

Saturday will be filled with meetings, sporting competitions, and an awards banquet.

Sunday will be filled with changes as the annual parade has been replaced with a marching competition. This will be a new way for firefighters to demonstrate their marching skills without the impact on local traffic. The day will also include apparatus judging.

Most of the events are open to the public and many are free. The convention will bring several hundred people to the Middlebury area and will be great opportunity for area people to connect with those who serve our state in many selfless ways. There will be much more detailed information coming out in the months ahead.

For details, contact one of the co chairmen Dean Gilmore (802) 373-4198 or Bernard Dubois (802) 759-2163.

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