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annual antique fire apparatus show, muster and fire
fighter’s family day RETURNS FOR 32ND YEAR AT WHEATONARTS
WheatonArts, in association with the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade, will host
the 32nd Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show, Muster
and Fire Fighter’s Family Day, August 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 100 member Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade is the South Jersey
chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor
Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA). This national organization features over
3,000 members and 50 different chapters dedicated to preserving and enjoying
antique fire apparatus.
One of the largest events of its kind, the show features over 80
antique fire trucks from as far away as Virginia and Connecticut. Featured
trucks include models dating back to the Revolutionary War era as well as a
Ward LaFrance once used by Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. Other antique fire
fighting apparatus and memorabilia will also be on display.
An event highlight is the firefighter competition where children
of all ages witness firsthand how firefighters use their training and skills to
battle fires. The friendly competition includes a water barrel fight (where a
barrel is suspended on a cable the two opposing teams try to move it to
opposite ends using a high pressure fire house) and bucket brigade (where each
team is timed as they carry water to the roof of a small building in buckets). Several
firefighting demonstrations will also take place including active pumping
displays of fire hoses on numerous fire trucks.
Jersey Assemblyman, John Burzichelli, (3rd District), is an active member and
trustee of the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade. He owns the remnants of the Ward LaFrance,
a famous, but now defunct fire engine manufacturer. Several of his antique fire
engines are Ward LaFrance models of varying years. Burzichelli co-authored the
book, "Ward LaFrance Fire Trucks: 1918-1978 Photo Archive."
winner of the “Nancy Howe Memorial Award - Best In Show” receives a glass
trophy created by a WheatonArts artist. A WheatonArts paperweight is given to
the winner of the “Best of Show Hand-Drawn.”
is free to attend the Muster and to visit the museum stores. To visit other
WheatonArts facilities the following admission fees apply: $10.00 Adults, $9.00
Senior Adults and $7.00 for college students. All children 17 and under will be
admitted to all WheatonArts facilities at no charge thanks to a PNC Arts Alive
grant to support “Family Fun Days.” During the Muster “mystery discounts” of
20, 30 and 40 percent on selected merchandise will be offered at the Museum
information about other WheatonArts programs and events, call 800-998-4552 or
856-825-6800, or visit www.wheatonarts.org.
For more information about the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade visit www.gafb.net. To register for the event,
contact Diana Ford at 856-299-9434 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the Flea Market contact Lee Eggert at 609-296-1025.
WheatonArts strives to ensure the
accessibility of its exhibitions, events and programs to all persons with
disabilities. Provide two weeks notice for additional needs. Patrons with hearing and speech disabilities may contact
WheatonArts through the New Jersey Relay Service (TRS) 800-852-7899 or by
Funding for WheatonArts programs has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. WheatonArts receives general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Division of Cultural Affairs in the New Jersey Department of State, and is supported in part by the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.