By Julia Limmer
East Northport Fire Department hosted its annual parade Aug. 2, kicking off four days of fun at the annual firemen’s fair.
Twenty-six fire departments and a pair of volunteer ambulance corps marched down Larkfield Road last Wednesday night and were accompanied by fire trucks, flashing lights, and marching bands.
“The fair is community outreach; we’re here to support the community,” East Northport Fire Chief Dan Heffernan said.
Families spent time entering raffles, winning prizes, going on rides, eating burgers and ice cream, playing games and more.
When asked why she keeps coming back to the fair year after year, East Northport resident Christina McCarthy said, “For the fun, the games, the food, but mainly to support the fire department.”
Also included in last Wednesday’s events was a ceremony during which trophies were awarded to departments based on their parade performances. The panel of judges, consisting of senior members of the host fire department, chose which department best exemplified categories such as Furthest Travelled, Most Members in Line, Best Appearing Band and Best Appearing Department. King’s Park Fire Department won five categories, the most of any department, including the Best Overall Department award.