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Glittery Signs

Wow, it is the middle of the week already!  A lot has been accomplished, but there are still things to do!  After last night's 5 hour work session, I'm feeling more confident about my part of the weekend running smoothly.  I know there will be bumps in the road, but at least at this time, I'm pretty calm. 

My daughter (PhinsandGills) has been so much help!  I just give her a job, and it gets done!  She is busy making signs for queens' cars.  Everyone is asking for signs, and she is working hard getting them all done.  This afternoon the 2 of us will be finishing signs and loading my car with supplies.  Our center of operation moves to the queens headquarters tomorrow. 

The guys at the firehouse are anticipating people beginning to arrive tomorrow.

Another blue light
  Tonight's work night is mandatory for all!  Most of the committees are ready for the masses.  You see, Upper Sandusky is a small city of around 6000 people.  Over the course of the weekend, this peaceful, little city could swell to over 12000 people!  Merchants are excited and are cooperating with all the planning of the festivities.  The hotels in town have been booked for months, and the restaurants are gearing up with extra workers.  The beer distributors will be making their deliveries, and the beer garden tent will be put up tomorrow. 

Some may ask "What happens if there is a real fire emergency?"  The local department's trucks and rescue squads have been outfitted with different lights.

The banner welcoming fighters
  All those attending know that blue flashing lights means an emergency - get out of the way!  These vehicles have the right of way in any circumstance.  Back up plans have been put in place for just such an event.  The trucks and equipment vehicles will be moved to a very accessible location during the convention, and the guys will be ready to respond at moment's notice.   

Staff will be wearing bright green t-shirts and cruising around in golf carts or ATV vehicles.  Tight control will be maintained during the weekend.  Each department registered will receive the rules and regulations regarding the activities of the weekend.  Anyone violating these rules will be asked to return to the campground.  It may sound strict, but over the years the NOVFA and sponsoring towns haven't had any major problems.   Everyone abides by the rules for a great time.  It is generally understood by members of the organization that they are responsible for the behavior of their firefighters.  Let's call it "controlled chaos!"

Well, back to work for me!  More signs to do, and last minute details to work out!  Pictures will follow as soon as I find time!

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Glittery Signs
Glittery Signs
Another blue light
Another blue light
The banner welcoming fighters
The banner welcoming fighters
Some of the guys getting ready
Some of the guys getting ready
Lots of signs to make
Lots of signs to make
My Sparkly Porch Step
My Sparkly Porch Step
Upper Sanduskys Truck Outfitted W…
Upper Sandusky's Truck Outfitted …
Yet another blue bubble
Yet another blue bubble
Upper Sandusky
photo by: PhinsAndGills