Old Fire Farts to hold muster in Manchester Twp.


Fire buffs, get ready.

The Old Fire Farts of York County will hold its second annual fire muster in Manchester Township on Sunday.

The event at Cousler Park, 1060 Church Road, will feature fire apparatus from as far back as when pumpers were pulled by hand to modern rigs, said Bob Straw, event organizer and chief Old Fire Fart.

"The whole idea of the muster is to bring kids out and educate them," he said, adding that more than 20 pieces of apparatus have registered to attend.

The free event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held in the lower portion of the park, closest to Church Road. Free shuttles will carry attendees to the event from the upper parking lot off Greenbriar Road.

For the kids: Numerous activities will be set up to give children a taste of what it's like to be a firefighter.

One activity will allow youth to put on boots, helmets and gloves as part of an old-fashioned bucket brigade. Another will allow them to take control of a fire hose on a brush truck to knock down jugs, and they'll be able to pump an old hand-drawn pumper, Straw said.

But the fun isn't just for children. For the young at heart, a flea market will feature fire memorabilia, and there will be performances by the Kiltie Band of York, barbershop-style musicians and a band that plays tunes from the 1950s and '60s.

Six food trucks will sell everything from barbecue sandwiches to ice cream, Straw said.

Votes: Various awards will be presented to fire truck owners, and attendees will get a say in one category. For $1 per vote, they will decide which rig will be named the people's choice award winner.

Awards also will be given for the pumping contest, during which rigs will pump water from the park's pond.

Money raised during the event will be contributed to scholarships for future firefighters, the two fire museums in the county — one in York City and the other in Hanover — and toward putting on future musters.

"Last year, which was the first muster the group held, was one of the nicest collections of hand-drawn fire apparatus I have ever seen in one place outside of a museum," said Greg Halpin, former York City deputy fire chief who is now the department's chief historian.

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