The Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 51st Annual Fireman’s Festival this year from July 14 through July 20.

There have been many changes compared to past festivals. There have been schedule changes with the carnival and a few other minor changes.

As always, the festival will kick off on Sunday, July 14, with the chicken barbecue. The Sheffield Rod N Gun Club Chicken Crew prepares the chicken for the festival committee, and the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary cooks the rest of the meal. The dinner consists of a half chicken, baked potato, baked beans, cole slaw, dinner roll and cupcake. The cost of each dinner is $8. You must have a ticket to receive a dinner. Tickets will be available at Peterson Hardware, Repine’s, and from Dorothy Repine or Melanie McMillen. Dinners will be available at either noon or 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 16, kid’s games will begin at 6:30 p.m. The carnival will not be open Tuesday this year, however coordinators wanted to keep the kid’s games as they have had great success with them in the past years. If you have any questions regarding the kid’s games, contact April Huff at 968-5231 or Alice Snyder at 968-5229. Members of the Fire Department and many adults who have volunteered will be running the games that will provide many prizes from the help of sponsor’s donations.

On Wednesday, July 17 the carnival will open. Tim Krise of The Fun Zone, Punxsutawney, Pa., has come back this year to provide his amazing carnival. The carnival will open at 6 p.m., with Wednesday also being Ride-A-Rama with the wristband price of $10. Over in the Fire Department Social Hall will be the game of Bingo. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., early birds at 6 p.m., and regular games start at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, July 18, the midway will open at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., down Main Street, you can watch the annual spectacular Pet Parade. Coordinators have been very pleased at how well all the animals have behaved in the past and look forward to this year’s animal selections. If you have any questions about this event contact April Huff.

On Friday, July 19, the midway will open at 6 p.m. with Ride-A-Rama for a $10 wristband to ride all evening. At 10 p.m., they will raffle off bicycles. To enter to win the bicycles, you must have purchased a Ride-A-Rama wristband and go to the Fire Department Grand Prize Booth and sign up for your chance to win a bike. We also will have T. N. T. Audio Entertainment provide music throughout the evening.

Saturday, July 20, is our big day! Again this year will be a Fireman’s Water Battle starting at 8:30 a.m. The Cherry Grove Volunteer Fire Department has offered to run this event for us. Thanks Cherry Grove! The parade will start at 4 p.m. and will start on the west side of town, going down Main Street, and end at the corner of Main and Church Streets. You may contact Lance Fiscus at 730-1011 for parade information. At 5 p.m., the midway will open for our last night of celebration. At around 10:30 p.m., an awesome fireworks display, by far the best in the area, will be artfully displayed by Starfire Corporation.

After the fireworks, the Grand Prize drawing will be held. The tickets are $5 each. Fifth place wins $150; fourth place wins $250; third receives $500; second wins $1,000; and the grand prize is $2,500. Tickets are available from any firemen and at local businesses.

For further information on the festival, contact the following people: Chicken barbecue, program book, or on the festival itself, Melanie McMillen at 968-3465; pet parde and kid’s games, April Huff at 968-5231; parade, Lance Fiscus at 730-1011; and the water battle, Zane Johnson at 688-5291.

In order to defray some of the festival costs, the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department will hold a basket raffle with several themed baskets. That drawing will be held on Saturday, July 20.

Also, to all the Sheffield alumni who will be coming into town for the alumni weekend: July 19 and 20 is this year’s alumni gathering. Welcome back to Sheffield! Hats off to the Alumni Association committee who work so hard each year organizing this event.

Mark your calendars now and save the dates! All 100 percent profit goes right back to the SVFD for purchases and to help with monthly bills. This is the department’s largest fundraiser of the year, and they can’t do it without the continued support of the public. Thanks in advance for all the community involvement to help make the festival the best one yet!