The Culpeper County Volunteer Fire Department Co. 1 kicks off its biggest fundraising effort of the year May 24 with its annual carnival and parade.
The fundraiser helps pay for fire trucks and equipment and the volunteer fire department has a new engine purchase planned in the near future.
According to Joey Perryman, chairman of the carnival for CCVFD, a new pumper truck purchase is in the early stages and is expected to be completed by mid-September.
According to CCVFD Co. 1 chief Kenny Mills, the new truck will cost between $700,000 and $800,000. The department recently secured a loan for $400,000 so they are hoping the money raised from weekly bingo and the carnival will help cover the other half.
The truck, which will be called Engine I, will be used for structure fires and is replacing a truck that is 20 years old.
“It helps a lot in purchasing new equipment,” Perryman said of the annual carnival.
Mills said that the department covers about 80-85 percent of the county on fire calls so they put a lot of miles on the pumper. The trucks are on a 20 year rotation, so the next replacement will be needed for another pumper in 2025.
The fire department also hosts bingo every Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. to help defray costs.
Last year the department responded to almost 800 calls.
The carnival will be hosted from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets for those times are $15 for all-you-can-ride. A Saturday matinee will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. and tickets for those times are $10.
The rides are provided by Valley Amusements and the event will be held at the Culpeper Agricultural Enterprise grounds, located at 220 James Monroe Highway.
In addition to the carnival, CCVFD will host its annual parade at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25 beginning at the intersection of Piedmont and Main streets.
Main Street will be closed from the intersection of Route 522 to the intersection of Route 3 during the parade.
As of Monday, 151 entries have registered for the parade.
For a full list of parade entries, see page 24.