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Old Home Week wraps up
Monday, May 20, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
IRVONA - Old Home Week in Irvona has come to a close. For the most part, the weather cooperated, with the exception of Tuesday night when the event opened, it was cold and rainy. The rest of the week Elderberry Park was a flurry of activity.
The carnival was in full swing in the evenings and there were even a few softball and baseball games held on the ball fields.
Irvona Fire Chief and treasurer Terry Collins Sr. said, "The week was great and we had lots of good help."
Friday night saw Bob E. Day on hand to play tunes throughout the night for the carnival attendees and he pleased the crowd on hand. The carnival typically kicks off the carnival season in the area and gets people ready for the coming summer.
On Saturday, the parade stepped off at 4 p.m. When it was about halfway finished, a smoke-filled structure was reported in Houtzdale. Both Houtzdale and Ramey fire companies had to leave.
"Even though Houtzdale and Ramey had to leave, the parade still went well," Collins said. "And when they were done, they returned to the park and we really appreciate that."
As the carnival winds down, the fire company members are still in high gear, as they have to get ready for the upcoming car show and chicken barbecue.
It will be held on June 2 and more details on that will be out soon. Chicken dinner tickets will also be available very shortly.
"We're looking into next year's carnival already," Collins said.
He said once the details are finalized, they let everyone know. If nothing else, it will be on their Facebook page.
"We want to thank all the companies for their support during the parade and all the people who supported us this week," Collins said. "Not to mention everyone who helped make this event a success."
Parade results are as follows: Engine through 2006, first, Houtzdale Fire Co., second, Ramey Fire Co.; Engine 2007 through present first, Glendale Fire Dept., second, Houtzdale Fire Co.; Rescue, first, Glendale Fire Dept.; Tanker first, Columbia Fire Dept. of Osceola Mills; second, Glendale Fire Dept.; Specialty Units, first, Lakemont Fire Dept.; second, Glen Hope Fire Co.; and Chief's award, Columbia Fire Dept. of Osceola Mills.
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