The Chilson Volunteer Fire Company has elected officers for 2012. Elected were, front, First Lieutenant Jake O'Hara, Third Assistant and Safety Officer Chief Casie Hunsdon; back, Chief Steve Hunsdon, Second Assistant Chief Mike Trybendis and Captain Cody Duval.
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.
The Chilson Volunteer Fire Department has 44 members including 20 who are qualified active firefighters and a growing number of junior firefighters.
The department covers a 30-square-mile area that also includes Putts Pond and a large portion of Eagle Lake. Its fire district includes large tracts of state-owned land, and Chilson firefighters respond to brush fires as well as structure fires.
The department also responds during weather emergencies, clears downed trees from roadways, and even provides emergency services to home-bound residents during power emergencies.
Phelps said this event is a great way for the community to come, support their department and have fun enjoying the company of their neighbors.
For ticket information or to enter a fire truck in the show see any member of the department or call 585-6550.