By AMY GAREIS
News-Herald Staff Writer
CADIZ – Sunny weather and lots of fun drew a crowd to the Fourth Annual Cadiz Fireman’s Fair on Sept. 18.
Hundreds of people turned out to sample festival fare, to watch droves of fire trucks, police cars and other units in a parade and the younger set tumbled and slid on inflatable rides.
Among the events were a cornhole tournament, inflatable rides from Xtreme Entertainment of Bethesda, DJ Leroy Bowman, raffles, a beer garden and an assortment of goodies sold inside the firehouse, such as fish, hot dogs and nachos. Wodarcyk Concessions of Bridgeport sold popcorn, cotton candy, carmel apples and other treats, while Pam Fisher peddled homemade jewelry.
At least two dozen fire trucks, safety vehicles and other units travelled in the parade from East Warren Street, up South Main Street and onto East Market and Muskingum streets. Fire trucks came from Unionport, Scio, New Athens, Cadiz, Hopedale, Tiltonsville, Adena and Yorkville, while the Cadiz Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Office were also on hand. Others making an appearance were county commissioner candidates John Visser, Don Bethel and Rupert Beetham, the Cadiz Cardinal Cheerleaders and “Wendy” of Wendy’s Restaurant, while this year’s grand marshal was Johnny Moreland.
Prizes were given for the best appearing pumper 1250 GPM and over; best appearing pumper under 1250 GPM; best appearing grass fire truck; best appearing rescue truck; oldest fire truck driven in the parade; longest distance traveled; best appearing truck; best appearing ambulance; best appearing ladder truck; best appearing police unit; and best of parade.
A water battle ended the night as two three-man teams showed off their skills with the firehose to move a keg across a wire to their opponent’s side by sheer force of water.
Trustee Tony Sedgmer said the goal was to provide an activity for the community, but the event is also a fundraiser for the department. In the past, the site has purchased equipment and made building improvements with proceeds. More pictures of the event will appear in the September 25 issue of the Harrison News-Herald.