Like everyone else in the area, I've been feeling like the rain just wouldn't end. I also felt so sad for the specific area that were hard hit again and again...Port Carbon, Tremont, Pine Grove just to name a few. What strength it must take to deal with the threat of a flood (or actual flooding) multiple times in one summer. As I watched Pine Grove clean themselves up several times one of my thoughts was "I wonder who will host the Firefighter's Convention this year?". Pine Grove was scheduled to be the host to all the county's volunteer firefighters for the annual convention, an honor that rotates each year. But surely with all the community had to deal with they would have to ask another community to take over their duties. Turns out I didn't know the community of Pine Grove that well!
The convention happened as scheduled this week and will end with the Firefighter's Parade on Saturday at 1 pm. I have attended Pine Grove's annual Halloween Parade which is always fun and well attended. This past year a lovely woman from Pine Grove gave me a cupcake -- she and her friends were "tailgating" (without the alcohol) as they saved their spot on the parade route. I can just imagine the enthusiasm for the Firefighter's Parade! If you love a parade or firetrucks don't miss it. Bring a chair and a bottle of water because this parade is LONG and LOUD. And who knows, maybe someone will give you a cupcake.
Fire trucks not your thing? Turns out there s a second parade in the county on Saturday. The 20th annual Parade of Nations will happen in Shenandoah at 10 am. It's unlike any other parade with groups dressed in their ethnic clothes or displaying national flags or floats. One word to describe this parade is COLORFUL. It will be followed by the Heritage Day Festival: food, crafts and entertainment.
So why not help august go out with a bang -- or at least with a parade? Have fun!