It all started as an ice cream social 50 years ago.
Today, however, residents of Cridersville and surrounding areas recognize it as the Annual Firemen’s Jamboree, a mainstay for the month of July.
The jamboree will run from 4 p.m. Friday, July 11 to about midnight on Saturday, July 12.
Chief of the Cridersville Fire Department, Rick Miller, said the annual jamboree has continued to grow throughout the 50 year existence.
“Our event was originally an ice cream social,” Miller said. “It just kind of went away and the fire department picked up the ball and ran with it and we’ve been doing this for 50 years.”
Miller said he has been a member of the jamboree for 33 years, and it is something he grew up around.
“It’s very special. I remember a lot of them. My dad was a member,” Miller said. “It was just something we always looked forward to in July, and thanks to the tradition to all the past members and all of my predecessors that have made this event possible. It has slowly gotten bigger throughout ever since it started.”
For the full story, see the Monday, July 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.