Summer Tradition

Members of the OTVFC Auxiliary who pitch in to help. Front row, from left: Carol Davis, Sue Casey, Emily Muto, Julie Walsh, Alayna Barto, Linda Thomas, Cristina Ceniceros (Mom), Cristina Ceniceros (Daughter), Karin Zwierzynski; Back: Suzanna Vickanovac, Courtney Penfield, Louisa Hersch, Amy DeLucia, Sara Norcott, Becca Frazier. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Not too many years ago, carnivals sponsored by suburban fire departments were among the mainstays of the summer social agenda.

But times have changed, as Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Company (OTVFC) carnival chairman William Thomas observed.

“In a time when many fire companies have abandoned their carnivals, OTVFC continues to host its carnival, which started back in 1948 and is a tradition that multiple generations in our community have enjoyed,” he said.

The carnival, which has become a collaborative effort between the fire company and Ohio Township, requires a tremendous amount of volunteer labor to set up, tear down and operate. But thanks to the many volunteers, which included fire company members, their families, local residents and businesses, the company last weekend hosted its 69th carnival at the Ohio Township Community Park.

“As our township grows and many new families put down roots in our area, the carnival just keeps growing. Attendance Friday night was exceptional and our games and kitchen were very busy, making for a great night. Saturday, unfortunately, brought some thunderstorms early, limiting the crowd, but when the sky cleared, people came to play games, enjoy good food, music by the band, Touche’, and a fantastic fireworks display to end this year’s event. Our company would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our carnival this year and we hope to see you next year when we celebrate our 70th!” Thomas said.