Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pony Wagon Days and 125th yr Anniversary

This weekend marked our little town's 29th Pony Wagon Days Festival. "Preserving Our Past Protecting Our Future" saluting Johnson - St.Paris Fire Department 125 yrs of service. This year's Grand Marshal was Wilma and Milton Lewis, a special couple to everyone in town. Here is a slide show of the main parade that we have every year to kick off the festival.

Today the Johnson - St.Paris Fire Department had a parade to celebrate 125 yrs of service. They also served cake and ice cream after the parade and gave the kids chocolate firetruck shaped suckers. Here is the history on the fire department:

"The people of St. Paris have reason to treasure their fire department — it was born out of a tragedy.
An early morning fire on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 29, 1883, wiped out 49 businesses and displaced 13 families in the village, and fire departments from surrounding areas were called in to fight the blaze.
The next year, villagers formed a committee and decided to found their own fire division, and it’s been run by volunteers ever since, said current fire Chief David Zimmerman, Johnson-St. Paris Fire Department."

And here is the slide show of the parade:

I love this picture so much that I want to give it it's own spot besides in the slide show:
1971 Seagrave 100 Foot "Rear Admiral" Conventional Aerial Ladder Truck - Manufactured in 1971 for the Pittsford, New York, Fire Department. Sold to the City of Fisher's, New York, Nov.1990. Where it remained in service until Aug. 1999, when it was purchased by John Atkins of St.Paris, Ohio.