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Shawnee Volunteer Fire Co. hosts annual Field Days with blackjack

by jmaloni
Sat, Jun 19th 2010 08:00 am

by Tiffany Hyman

The Shawnee Volunteer Fire Co. hosts its annual Field Days, opening on Thursday, June 24, at 6 p.m. and continuing Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26. All Field Days activities take place on the fire hall grounds, 3747 Lockport Road, Sanborn, Area residents are invited to participate.

This year features Thursday's "Blackjack Night." The card game is fun and is a popular casino banking game. The Shawnee Volunteer Fire Co. never had a "Blackjack Night" in the past and according to Scott Menard, general chairman of Field Days, "We are excited to see where it goes. We hope to have a good turnout."

Along with Blackjack in the gambling tent, other offerings on Thursday include the beer tent and music by Two or Less. Tom Maertin, the co-chairman of Field Days commented, "A lot of people look forward to the events. It's cool because you get to see the people you only see once a year. It's huge for our community."

On Friday, June 25, the grounds are set to open at 4 p.m. Activities include:

  • A fish fry dinner at 4:30 p.m.
  • A garden tractor pull at 5:30 p.m.
  • A motorcycle cruise begins at 6 p.m. and is expected to run for an hour.
  • Gambling opens at 7 p.m.
  • Route 66 will perform at 9 p.m. to close the night.

Saturday, June 26, is the biggest day of all three with numerous events and a parade. The car show opens the day at 10 a.m. and is open to automobiles from any model year. The car show has run 13 years and is "expected to be a great turnout," according to Menard, "and the parade will be another success." Menard also reported he was happy to have the event on Saturday rather than Friday and is hoping for an even greater turnout than from previous years. Activities include:

  • Car show from 10 a.m. to noon, when the grounds are to open.
  • A rides special going on from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Chiavetta's barbecue chicken being served at 4 p.m. The dinner includes chicken, a salad, and a roll.
  • The fireman's parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and continues for three hours.
  • Rip and the Bandogs are scheduled to perform at 8:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks are expected to start at 10 p.m. and conclude this year's Field Days.

Menard is enthusiastic about Field Days. "Crowds grow each year. The events are great because it's fun, family-oriented and not very expensive. Times are hard, so prices remain relatively cheap. We hope to see more and more people."

Profits will go directly toward equipment in the company. For more information, call the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Co. at 735-3687 or visit www.shawneevfc.org.

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