FPW Volunteer Fire Department Parade, Field Day Celebrates 45 Years
© Jamie Heap-The Citizen-Record
Age of Sail 'Bathing Beauties' Jeff and Oralee O'Byrne model men's and women's swimwear from the 1880s during the FPW Fire Department Parade on Saturday. The Age of Sail Marathon is next Sunday, August 11, in Wards Brook/Port Greville.
PORT GREVILLE-A lot has changed since the year 1968, but the commitment of the Fox River- Port Greville-Wards Brook (FPW) Fire Department and its volunteers persist.
“I was the first Old Home Week Queen Pageant winner to take part in this parade and field day 45 years ago,” stated Cindy Lake, a trustee with the FPW Volunteer Fire Department. “The first parade and field day was held in 1968, and it’s been a community effort ever since,” she added. “People plan their vacations around this parade and field day because it is a homecoming of sorts where people can get out and see other people.”
The Old Home Week Queen this year was Katie McKay. Unlike her predecessor, Audriana Smith, the 2012 Old Home Week Queen, McKay did not have to withstand the sweltering heat this past Saturday as there was a bit of breeze, and later on, some rain.
“The Old Home Queen will be happier this year because there is a bit of a breeze out,” stated Lion David Towns. “Last year, it was really hot out, especially for the Old Home Queen who was wearing her purple, velvetine robe that attracts the heat,” he added.
The Old Home Week Queen was not the only female parade participant wearing a crown on her head as two other young ladies sported tiaras on a parade entrant from Ontario.
“We just had someone move here from Ontario last week and they have a float in the parade,” exclaimed Lake. “We have volunteers coming from as far as way as Halifax and Windsor (Nova Scotia) each year, asking us if they can do anything to help us out.”
According to Lake, the auction, which is done by Mary Parker, is always a big hit.
Closer to home, volunteer firefighters and first responders from such Cumberland County communities as Advocate, Fox River-Port Greville-Wards Brook, Parrsboro, River Hebert and Southampton drove their respective emergency vehicles in the parade.
“I have such great respect for the first responders and fire fighters who give up their time to receive training,” stated Lake. “They don’t get paid for it, they just do it,” she added.
Other notable parade entrants included classic cars; the future Port Greville Road Crew; cave people and their camouflage horse; such businesses as Blue Wave Energy (Warren Bellieveau); Class A Trucking and Septic Pumping, a landscaping and excavating company from Parrsboro; Home Hardware, the Port Greville Market as well as Bathing Beauties’ Jeff and Oralee O’Byrne (Age of Sail Heritage Centre) who were modeling men’s and women’s swimwear from the 1880s that were unlike anything worn today.
“A big thank you to all those who came out to support the FPW Volunteer Department,” stated Lake. In addition to the parade and auction, a canteen, chicken barbecue, horseshoes, basketball, volleyball and live entertainment by Hooligan’s Rough (Louis Hebb, Rob Bentley, Carl Cameron and Mark Langford) rounded out the field day.