Saturday - Meeting and Grand Parade
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Another beautiful day in Upper Sandusky shining down on the NOVFA convention. The delegates and officers assemble to take care of business. Besides business, the convention meeting has a memorial service for all member departments that have experienced deaths of current and retired firefighters. A drum and bagpipe group came from Toledo to participate. After a the business at hand, a past president's luncheon is held before the grand parade steps off at 1:30 pm.
Over a 140 units have registered for the parade. There are marching bands, twirlers, floats, and of course, fire trucks! Awards are given to the newest truck, the oldest truck, the oldest equipment (non-motorized), bands and twirling groups.
One very interesting activity tried for the first time was the firefighter's challenge. Following a course, firefighters were given the opportunity to show off their skills - agility, strength, and speed. First, challengers carried hose through an obstacle course, then carried a charged hose a few yards through doors to put out a "fire" on the other side.
The evening concluded with a free concert by the Parrots of the Caribbean - a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. They played to a packed house in the entertainment tent until 11:30 pm.
Cleanup began, and after a couple hours, it was determined that the rest of the stuff could be finished on Sunday. The guys were beat, and most hadn't had a lot of sleep over the past 72 hours. The results of the weekend were all positive! There were no incidents, no severe injuries, and everyone had a good time! Business reported favorable sales throughout the weekend. City leaders were pleased, and the cooperation of the residents was superb! All in all - SUCCESS!