Farmville celebrates fire department’s 150th anniversary
Published 12:21 pm Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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Engine 41 from the Randolph Volunteer Fire Department had a young fireman onboard.
Tim Baber of the Randolph Fire Department looks over the 1923 REO Speedwagon Valleystream truck owned by Dan Pempel Sunday at the Fireman's Sports Arena.
Holden Jopham, who is almost 2, measures himself against the big front tire of a truck from Pamplin Fire Department Sunday at the Fireman's Sports Arena.
Emily Easterling and Charles Phillips look at one of the antique firetrucks on display Sunday at the Fireman's Sports Arena. The two were vactioning in the Farmville area and decided to take in the parade and exhibition.
This firetruck was from the Rice Volunteer Fire Department.
Prospect Volunteer Fire Department brought this truck to join Sunday's parade.
Sunday's parade had more than 25 entries.
Oscar Westerhoff and his parents Ben and Madi Westerhoff enjoy watching the firetrucks roll past Sunday.
This truck is from the Chesterfield Volunteer Fire Department.
Chilhowie in Smyth County sent a truck to the Farmville Volunteer Fire Department's 150 anniversary celebration.
Four-year-old Reagan Crute was cheering for the firetrucks as they went past Sunday.
This firetruck came from Appomattox County.
Many unique antique firetrucks were included in the parade.
This fire chief's car came with a canine companion.
The Randolph Fire Department brought a 1978 brush truck.
This is a 1923 REO Speedwagon Valleystream antique firetruck.
The Central High School band played and danced their way down Main Street Sunday.
Darlington Heights Volunteer Fire Department brought this firetruck to the parade.
A firetruck from the Crewe Volunteer Fire Department.
Crewe Volunteer Fire Department brought antique Engine No. 1 to the parade.
Lisa Mason (left) enjoys the parade with 5-year-old Mason Witt, Tommy Witt and 10-month old Rayleigh Witt. Tommy WItt's father served the fire department in the 1970s.
Oscar Westerhoff brought his own fire helmet to the parade with his parents Ben and Madi Westerhoff.
Ashley Crute brought her 4-year-old daughter Reagan and 2-year-old son Eason to see the firetrucks.
Firetrucks from the Farmville Volunteer Fire Department led off Sunday's parade.
Wailing sirens broke the silence of a beautiful spring Sunday afternoon in Farmville, not as sounds of warning, but as celebratory notes, as firetrucks from across Virginia joined a parade down Main Street to honor the Farmville Volunteer Fire Department’s 150th anniversary.
Young spectators covered their ears as more than 25 vehicles, some antique and some new, rolled down the street accompanied by the Central High School Marching Band from Lunenburg County.
The first parade in Farmville since the 2019 Christmas parade was an opportunity for Farmville residents to come out and help the Farmville Volunteer Fire Department celebrate its 150th anniversary on a picture perfect spring day.
The festivities continued Sunday afternoon at the Fireman’s Sports Arena where those interested had an opportunity to get an up close look at all the firetrucks.