CHATHAM-KENT`S NEWEST EVENT: ANNUAL FIREFEST
If you are a antique vehicle enthusiast Chatham-Kent is the place for you. It is the home of RM Restoration which is world renown for their work in restoring Classic Cars. Chatham-Kent is known as The Classic Car Capital of the World and each year in May, Classic Car owners descend on the city for the Retrofest Festival. More than 600 Classic and Vintage cars, motorcycles and trucks attended last year. The event begins with a Parade along the shores of the Thames River on Friday night. Saturday from 10-4 PM the vehicles line the streets of Historic Downtown Chatham for visitors and car buffs to enjoy, ask questions of the owners and have a great time. It is a family affairand just one of the many draws this great community of Chatham-Kent has to offer. For a list of car festivals and other attractions visit my website under Chatham-Kent.
In 2012, we added a new event, Firefest, thanks to Brent Denure and a committee of dedicated citizens. Reg Denure is the proud owner of a 1948 International Firetruck which was built in Chatham. Brent says he has attends similar events throughout Canada and the United States and has looked forward to Chatham -Kent having such an event. As many as 42 vehicles were on site for the day at the first event in 2012 and there was a display of antique fire trucks, vintages emergency response vehicles and other fire related items. The end of Downtown King St. was closed off and the vehicles lined the street from Third St. and in front of the Civic Centre, giving visitors a chance to talk to the owners, climb on board and check out the trucks themselves.Mayor Randy Hope said the event is a great complement to the city's well established association to Vintage Automobiles.Owners came from as far as Texas withvehicles dating back to 1915.
The organizers wanted this event to becompletely interactive with ladders exended, pumpers shooting water into the Thames River and live Fire Safety Demonstations. There was even a parade.
There is no admission fee for visitors or entry fee for those bringing their vehicle. It is an exciting family event. I do not know any child who's eyes would not light up at a chance to talk to a real Fireman and climb up the ladder of a Firetruck. It is a dream come true for many young and old alike. I know our grandsons loved it! Make plans to attend this year 2014. If you have ever had any question about fire lore this is the chance to talk to the experts. Let's make this a WELL ATTENDED yearly event. The vehicles attending for the Inaugural event in 2012 was very impressive for the first year and grew to over 60 vehicles in 2013. In addition to the King St. display of antique fire trucks and emergency vehicles, Firefest includes firefighting games, and challenges, fire safety demonstrations, an auto extraction demo, a porta-tank pumping demo, rides in an Entegrus bucket truck,food vendors and a special show on Friday night at the Capitol Theatre.
The event is gathering momentum and promises to be a great weekend this year from Friday, September 19 to Sunday September 21/2014. Up to 80 vehicles are expected to be there.I will be vounteering for this great event and hope to see as many of you as possible. Stop by and say hello.The antique vehicle display begins at 10 A.M. on Saturday. King St which will be blocked off.Opening ceremony for the Combat Challenge at 11 A.M. and a parade of vehicles along Grand Ave. West to Keil Dr. begins at 4 P.M. The Combat Challenge will include a smaller challenge for kids from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Saturday. The Combat Challenge is attracting Firesfighters from across Canada and will be held in the parking lot of the Downtown Chatham Centre. All Events are free admission except the Capitol Theatre Presentation on Friday Evening at 8 P.M. which will feature TV star Randolph Mantooth who starred in the TV series called Emergency which some of us remember from the 7O's. Former Detorit Red Wings goaltender, Tim Cheveldae now a Saskatchewan firefighter and Brendan Milewsi fondly called Doogie Milewski who was featured in the documentary ' Burn' and was formerly a Detroit Firefighter.
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