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July 13, 2013

Ferndale jubilee ready for action

JOHNSTOWN — The 83rd annual Ferndale Firemen’s Jubilee officially starts Monday but the event’s popular kitchen will open today.

The kitchen will serve food from 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. daily through Saturday, the final day of the festival.

The opening ceremony is set for 7 p.m. Monday, when the Ferndale police will conduct a flag-raising ceremony.

The jubilee, which also includes amusement rides and games, will open each day at 6:30 p.m. and close around

11 p.m., except for Saturday, when it will close at 11:59 p.m.

Children’s matinees are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. Children will be able to buy amusement ride bracelets for $6 and two hot dogs for $1 during the matinees. Children younger than 12 have a chance to win prizes starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. The children must be present to win.

Outside of the matinees, ride bracelets good for the entire evening will be sold for $10.

A parade featuring fire companies from throughout the area will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, rain or shine.

The third annual 5K run-walk will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. on race day.

Participants can preregister at www.ferndaleborough.com/fire.htm. Proceeds will benefit fire protection.

In 1957, Ferndale firefighters started another tradition by chancing off a vehicle as a grand prize.

The prize this year is a 2013 Ford Fusion. The second place prize is $100 and the third, $50. All prizes will be chanced off at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Jim Hammer, coordinator of the jubilee’s kitchen, said the money raised over the years has gone toward upgrading fire equipment and for expenses to operate the fire company.

“It’s a community event,” Hammer said of the jubilee. “People get together.”

Due to financial and staffing concerns, the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company, which had started and held the jubilee for more than eight decades, merged with the West Hills Regional Fire Department on Jan. 1, 2012.

The Ferndale Volunteer Fire Association then was formed to provide financial support to Ferndale Borough for fire protection. The association has taken over the role of holding the jubilee.

More information about the jubilee is available by visiting the website mentioned above.

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