Fun and games in Cridersville

CRIDERSVILLE — It was chicken dinners, entertainment and family fun this weekend at the Annual Firemen’s Jamboree.

The event kicked off with a classic car show Friday evening.

“It’s grown every year that we’ve had it,” Fire Chief Rick Miller said. “It gives people a chance to bring their cars out, show them off and get some notoriety for having a nice vehicle.”

Games and rides ran Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.

On Friday, the band Haywired performed in the beer garden, while Saturday evening featured Nashville Crush.

There was a grand prize drawing both nights for $1,000.

“It’s been something that our town has always done,” Miller said. “Through the support of the community and all the residents and all the surrounding residents in Allen and of course Auglaize County and Wapak area and all of the surrounding towns it’s grown and gotten to be the main, big event that it is in the summer.”

“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.”

Other jamboree events included:
• 5k Fire Run/Walk Saturday morning..
• Firecracker Market Place Craft Show,  also on Saturday.
• Grand parade Saturday afternoon.
• Bingo  both evenings.
• Rides and games both days.

The Cridersville Fire Department honored 20 lifetime members of the department who had served for more than 20 years at the 50th annual Cridersville Fireman’s Jamboree Saturday. There were 14 members who were able to attend, riding on the back of a float during the parade.

“This day is all about them because without them we wouldn’t be where we’re at right now,” Cridersville Fire Chief Rick Miller said. “They’re the ones who started this festival 50 years ago, and without their will and sweat and work, none of this would be possible.”

Staff writers Michelle Meunier and John Bush contributed to this report.