In what has become one of Easton’s most eagerly anticipated annual events, the Fireman’s Carnival kicked off on Tuesday and will run through Saturday, Aug. 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 1 Center Rd.
“The first night somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended,” said Easton Fire Chief Robert Klem, who is also the carnival’s chairperson. “It was a busy night, typically more of a local Easton crowd, with nice weather too.”
Klem credited the dedicated team of firefighters and other volunteers who have been setting up the carnival for five days and working many hours to get things ready. “We also have more space for rides and booths since we’ve leveled off about an acre of land over the course of last fall, winter and spring,” said Klem.
Some of the popular rides this year include flying elephants, hang gliders, and a Ferris wheel. There are also many games of chance and skill to challenge carnival-goers of all ages. And of course there’s plenty of delicious food, sweets and other treats, which are always a big attraction.
“It’s really fun,” said student Sofia Cisneros. “My favorite is the Scrambler because it’s fast and I like exciting rides. I’ve also had some pink cotton candy since that’s my favorite color.”
Although people were clearly enjoying the rides, games and food, it is the opportunity to spend time with family and have fun with friends that makes the annual carnival a summer highlight for Eastonites and residents from neighboring towns.
“I love the carnival,” said Redding resident Izzy Doremus. “I always come here because it’s the first time after all of summer that you get to see your friends again. It’s like the first day of school, but much more fun, you know?”
For many families, the carnival has become a “can’t miss” event on their calendar every year. “The kids wanted to come and do the rides, play the games and support the cause of the firemen, so it’s a great evening to help them out,” said Redding resident Grace Murray. “It’s a family tradition to bring the kids every year to enjoy the carnival.”
It’s not too late for you and your family to enjoy this year’s carnival and support Easton’s Volunteer Fire Department. The carnival runs through Saturday evening Aug. 6, when the winner of the vehicle raffle will also be announced. There are games and bingo from 6:30 – 11 p.m., and ride and meal specials are offered each night. A free shuttle bus departs from Helen Keller Middle School and handicap parking is available at Silverman’s Farm.
Photos by Sophie Camizzi