CADYVILLE — Each year, crowds of locals turn out to enjoy one of the area's few remaining fire department festivals — the Cadyville Fire Department Field Day.
Event organizers hope this year will draw that same dedicated bunch when the 46th-annual event kicks off today with a parade at noon.
The popular celebration will run until 5 p.m., featuring live entertainment by the Bootleg Band and Too Big for the Corner Band, as well as a dunking booth and kids obstacle course.
While the event no longer hosts its chicken dinner, there will be plenty of food at the Cadyville church grounds, including clams, clam chowder, hamburgers and sausages.
The Field Day is held rain or shine.
The Cadyville event is just one of two fire department-sponsored field days in Clinton County this year, a sharp decline to the past, when almost every department hosted a similar event.
The Mooers Firefighters Field Day will be held Sept. 5.
While other departments have gradually nixed their field days, many still take part in community events, such as the Altona Old Home Days on June 26, Churubusco Field Day on July 31 and the Clinton County Fair later this summer.
Bob Robart, a Cadyville volunteer firefighter and Field Day chairperson, said good attendance helps support the department's ongoing services and programs, such as its daily emergency response, Youth Explorer program and community Christmas party.
"It's our major fundraiser," Robart said of the Field Day, which runs in conjunction with the department's raffle.
"We basically use it to buy equipment and stuff that we need.
"Our major funds come through the (fire) commissioners and through the tax base, but anything over and above that, that's what we use this for."
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