Firefighters ready for 53rd Fireman’s Picnic


Will Inman performs during the 2021 annual Kettlersville-Van Buren Township Fireman’s Picnic. He will be back on stage Saturday at 8 p.m. for the 53rd annual picnic.

Will Inman performs during the 2021 annual Kettlersville-Van Buren Township Fireman’s Picnic. He will be back on stage Saturday at 8 p.m. for the 53rd annual picnic.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News file photo

KETTLERSVILLE — Family fun is ready to go during the 53rd annual Kettlersville-Van Buren Township Fireman’s Picnic Saturday, July 16. The event will be held from 3 p.m.-midnight at 8833 North St., Kettlersville.

Deputy Chief Ryan Axe said everyone is looking forward to nice weather for this year’s picnic. He anticipates many people attending the event.

“Last year we had a pretty big crowd,” said Axe. The event was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New to the festival this year is a dunk tank, said Axe. Community members and firefighters will sit on the hot seat and prepared to be dunked into a tank of water.

The kids games begin at 4 p.m., he said. The cake wheel will also open at 4 p.m

The chicken dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be served until it’s sold out. Dinners are $10 each and includes a half of chicken, cole slaw, chips and roll.

“A hamburger stand will be open all day,” said Axe. “There will also be an ice cream stand open from 5 p.m. until it’s sold out.”

Bingo and pony rides begin at 6 p.m. Will Inman will take the stage at 8 p.m. for a concert.

A raffle, said Axe, includes cash prizes. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held at 11 p.m. and you don’t have to be present to win.

“The Women’s Auxiliary is also holding a raffle drawing,” said Axe. “They will have two drawings. The first is for a trip to the Great Smokey Mountains. The second is for a custom made barrel cabinet filled with a drink selection. You must be 21 to buy a ticket for the raffle.”

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The winners will be drawn at 11 p.m.

All proceeds from the picnic will go to the fire department for the purchase of equipment.

“We’d like to purchase a new vehicle extraction struts which stabilizes a vehicle,” said Axe. It would be used during the extraction of victims from a vehicle.

Will Inman performs during the 2021 annual Kettlersville-Van Buren Township Fireman’s Picnic. He will be back on stage Saturday at 8 p.m. for the 53rd annual picnic.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/07/web1_DSC_9186.jpgWill Inman performs during the 2021 annual Kettlersville-Van Buren Township Fireman’s Picnic. He will be back on stage Saturday at 8 p.m. for the 53rd annual picnic. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News file photo