KINGSTON TWP. — Eight-year-old Isabella Hornick and her younger sister Audrey both liked the “big red fire trucks” in the Trucksville Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s Centennial Parade held June 2.
The sisters, along with family members, lined up at 4 p.m. along Carverton Road in Trucksville to watch the parade that featured 20 area fire and rescue companies as well as floats by NEPA Crossfit, American Asphalt and others.
“I liked the fire trucks the best,” Isabella said.
For Audrey, it was a toss-up between the fire trucks and the candy thrown to parade-watchers from vehicles and floats.
“I have a purse full of candy,” the sisters’ aunt Danyelle Hornick said as she opened her handbag, revealing the children’s stash of goodies.
Trucksville Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s Centennial celebration was a two-day event held at the corner of Dug and Carverton roads in Trucksville with a Pizza Paul Fireworks display.
The parade offered a tribute to the Trucksville Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s longevity, but also gave other fire departments a chance to showcase their emergency vehicles.
Departments from Slocum Township, Nuangola, Swoyersville, Plymouth and West Wyoming, as well as the Back Mountain communities of Jackson Township, Shavertown, Dallas, Franklin Township and Sweet Valley all had their lights flashing and sirens blaring through the duration of the parade.
Judges sat at a roadside table and ranked each passing vehicle as part of a contest to give bragging rights to area departments.
The centennial attracted a crowd with offerings such as an inflatable slide, bounce house and obstacle course, a variety of games, a basket raffle, a dunk tank and live music.
Tommy Two Guns Band performed Friday and DJ TruBlu Productions and Hillbilly D’lux offered toe-tappin’ tunes Saturday.
“We had about 700 people here Friday night,” Steve Derhammer, assistant captain of Trucksville Volunteer Fire and Rescue said, adding he expected a similar turnout Saturday. “Attendance is better than we expected.”
The cool weather Saturday did not stop Rachael Sarley from taunting patrons from her seat in the dunk tank.
“The water is pretty nice,” Sarley said, laughing and wiping water off her face. “It is the air that is making me cold at the moment.”
Derhammer and the over 30 volunteers at the Trucksville Volunteer Fire and Rescue began planning the centennial celebration nearly four years ago.
“It was originally supposed to be a one-day event,” he said in a prior interview with the Dallas Post. “It grew into a two-day event.”
Derhammer is hoping the centennial celebration will grow into an annual event, giving the fire department an opportunity to connect with its community.
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