CHILSON — The Chilson Fire Department will keep the barbecue fired up for serving up good food, along with good music and a classic emergency vehicle show on July 14.
The event, which is now more than 45 years old, is one of two the department holds annually to raise money for their department.
“Chilson is a good sized community full of family and traditions that run back more than 100 years,” Fire Department spokesman Stephen Phelps said. “We all pull together for a good old fashion picnic to support our fire house.”
At last year’s event there were more than 250 people with big appetites Phelps said.
“My advice is to get there early, if it’s anything like last year the food won’t last long,” Phelps said. 1
The grounds will open up at noon and food will be served at 1 p.m. The dinner will cost $12 a person and will include a half chicken breast and “all the fixings from salad to dessert,” Phelps said.
The second annual antique and classic fire trucks will showcase service vehicles from around the region to compete for trophies.
Last year’s show featured many vehicles including the 1919 Ford Model T fire truck displayed by Irwin Borden, representing Westport Volunteer Hose Company No. 1, and a 1967 Seagrave ladder truck displayed by collector Dan Halpert of Ticonderoga.
Both trucks are expected to compete this year as well as many more. Phelps said the department is anticipating many entries and said department members are holding their breath that “the old timers can make the long haul up Chilson hill.”
There will be live music playing through out the event, including the former Chilson Fire Chief, Chuck Moore, playing folk, country and rock on his guitar. Guests will also be entertained by the country music pair Dwinal W. Smith and Mary Jo von Tury.