The Fire Department Field Days will return to Downsville this weekend for a fourth year since the tradition was revived in honor of the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Downsville Fire Department and the 50th anniversary of its EMT service, according to EMS captain and event organizer Tammy Reed.
“Years ago it was a big tradition,” Reed said.
New this year is a demolition derby, to be held 1 p.m. Saturday on a track specially constructed for the occasion. Tickets for the grandstand are $5 apiece and available at the gate.
“It’s definitely a big change for this year,” Reed said.
Dubbed “Midsummer Mayhem,” the derby will be held in memory of Russell Foote, a longtime member of the fire department who died in January, Reed said.
Both nights of the field days will feature a fireworks display, an expansion of the previous one-night show.
The event will feature inflatable attractions, an arcade and a beer tent, as well as live music performances both days.
The Still Standing Band, a four-piece “rocking country” group from Oxford, will take the stage from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, and the Dirt Road Band will perform 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Vendors will serve funnel cakes, pizza, iced coffee and donuts, and students from Downsville Central School will serve tacos in a bag.
The festivities will take place at Firemen’s Field on state Route 30 near Downsville Central School. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but donations to the department are encouraged.
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