Fire Station Festival – Forty Years and Counting

Yes, now in its 40th year, this year’s annual Fire Station Festival will take place on Sunday, October 19. As preparations are under way, coordinators can already tell that this year will be something truly special.

Hosted by HPNA and sponsored by Grande Communications, the festival will again provide an opportunity for neighbors of all ages to come together on what we hope will be a beautiful fall day, commemorate the saving of our fire station, and celebrate our great community.  Indeed, over the years the festival has become the community-building event in Hyde Park. Hundreds and hundreds of people participate.

The festival will kick off in Shipe Park at 3:55 p.m. sharp with a lively 6-block parade. Children, adults, and pets are encouraged to debut their Halloween costumes while marching in the procession, which will be led by a fire truck and drummers of the Eastside Panther Band. Participants in the parade arrive at 3:30 p.m. to line up.

The festivities will lead to Fire Station 9 at 43rd Street and Speedway, where food and live music by Beatles tribute band The Eggmen await.

At the 2013 Fire Station Festival, Deaton Bednar was seen taking time out to participate in the fun.  This year, she is once again chairing the event, with much appreciation from her neighbors.  Photo: Lizzie Chen
At the 2013 Fire Station Festival, Deaton Bednar was seen taking time out to participate in the fun. This year, she is once again chairing the event, with much appreciation from her neighbors. Photo: Lizzie Chen

As always, festival-goers will have the opportunity to enter the costume contest for prizes in categories like scariest, funniest, best pet, and best family. The classic fishing booth will also be returning, this year with a new look and many more prizes to be won from Toy Joy.

Little ones and kids can bet on enjoying a range of crafts and a puppet show by Hey Lolly Productions.

There will also be plenty of activities for the older kids to engage in. Sit for hair sculpture and flash tattoos. Shoot hoops against others for prizes. Take wacky portraits in the photo booth (sponsored by Carolyn Grimes of Coldwell Banker United Realtors).

This year, HPNA is excited to be partnering with BookSpring, a local organization that is dedicated to promoting children’s literacy. Neighbors can help support this cause, beginning now, by bringing gently used K-6 books to Fresh Plus on 43rd Street. There will also be a collection box at the festival.

The Fire Station Festival is the prime fall event for Hyde Park residents to share good spirits, mingle with firefighters, and appreciate our neighborhood’s strengths that make the afternoon possible. All are welcome.

 

–Mary Lynam

Staff Writer Intern