Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department to Host the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association 70th Annual Convention and Parade
The Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) will host the 70th Annual Southern Maryland Firemen’s Association Convention April 29 and 30, 2017. The event-packed weekend includes a memorial service for fallen fighters, a banquet and installation of new officers, a parade and a community day of firefighting competitions.
The public is invited to enjoy the timeless pageantry of fire trucks, fire engines, color guard and youth groups as every volunteer fire department from Calvert County and all over Southern Maryland parade along Old Town and Hunting Creek roads April 30. When the parade is over, the public is invited to Huntingtown VFD to watch firefighters compete in traditional contests including water-bucket brigades, battle of the bucket, tug-of-war and the fastest dressed obstacle course. Food, drink and business vendors will be at the parade and games all day.
“We are honored to host the 70th convention,” said Huntingtown VFD President Dale Bowen. “It is an opportunity to celebrate the fire, rescue and EMS volunteers throughout Southern Maryland.” Bowen, who will be installed as the Southern Maryland Firemen’s Association’s new president during the convention, said the members at Huntingtown VFD are excited and ramping up to host the parade and games.
The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the north entrance of Old Town Road, travel south past the judges stand at the fire department, turn right onto Hunting Creek Road and disperse at the intersection of Hunting Creek and Huntingtown roads. Free and continuous bus service will be available to transport parade goers to the parade route from Huntingtown High School parking lot. More information will be made available about parking as the convention date nears. For a map of the parade, entry forms, vendor applications and additional information, visit www.smvfa.net/content/convention.