NEW BREMEN — Tis the season for festivals and fundraisers, and the New Bremen Fireman’s Picnic happening on Saturday will provide fun and activities all day long.
The event will begin at 7 a.m. with registration for the 11th annual Fireman’s Memorial 5K at Crown Pavilion, and run until until midnight with a performance from the local band Haywired. Most of the day’s activities will take place at the Pavilion, Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce Director Logan O’Neill said.
“This is the 93rd year for the fireman’s picnic,” he said. “It’s been going on quite a while. What it started out as, and what it still continues ... it helps us purchase new tools, equipment, things like that. As fire tactics change ... there comes some need where the village can only support them so far.”
The picnic is one of the largest fundraisers for the fire department.
New this year will be fire hose bowling, where teams of local firefighters will use coiled-up firehoses as the bowling ball, trying to knock down the 10 pins that have been set up in each lane. Although this isn’t an activity the public can participate in, O’Neill said everyone is welcome to watch.
“It’s actually fairly tough,” he said. “We did it at a meeting night one night, and it’s quite tough.”
The 5K will begin with a one-mile Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., with the race following at 9 a.m. Anyone wishing to participate can register at SpeedyFeet.com/Races and click on either the Fireman’s Memorial 5K or the Fun Run. Race-day registration is $25 with a T-shirt (while supplies last) and $15 without a T-shirt. The cost to register for the Fun Run is $15 with a T-shirt and $5 without a T-shirt. Road To Fitness Challenge participants can count this as one of their events, O’Neill said.
Food — all prepared by the firefighters — and beverage stands will be open beginning at 11 a.m., and at 2 p.m. the kids’ bands will perform. For the last few years, O’Neill said, high school and middle school bands from the area have been performing at the picnic. These performances will also be under the pavilion.
Turtle races, which will operate the same way duck races do, will run all night long, O’Neill said. There will be inflatables and games for kids as well.
As an extra fundraiser, New Knoxville artist Larry Kellermeyer will be doing woodcarvings throughout the day. At 7:30 p.m., these woodcarvings will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to the fire department.
Team registration is open for the wiffle ball tournament that will take place during the picnic. Call Alan Kramer at 419-733-9712 to register a team, which should consist of five players each. Registration will be open officially until Thursday, and Friday if needed.