Eagle Fire Co., Oldenburg, firefighters and first responders are gearing up for their annual festival Friday-Saturday, June 27-28.
New this year is the first annual cruise-in on Friday, reports co-organizer Brian Rennekamp. All years, makes and models are welcome.
Participants can enter at the intersection of Pearl and Water streets, and a $10 donation to the fire department will be appreciated. “We will be giving a handful of awards,” he adds.
For more information on the cruise-in, persons can contact Rennekamp at 812-216-9053 or Doug Pulskamp at 812-212-6280.
Another new addition that evening is Rusty Bladen, who will be performing in front of the firehouse. The band Nuttin’ Fancy takes the stage after that.
There will not be a big meal that night, but the lunch stand will be open, and sandwiches, such as hamburgers and hot dogs, will be served, reveals event chairperson Don Speckman.
He describes the fest as “lively and upbeat and entertaining.”
The annual parade kicks off activities on Saturday. The theme is patriotic, so “show us your red, white and blue,” announces organizer Willie Ronnebaum.
A sign-up table will be set up at the corner of Water and Werner streets beginning at 10 a.m. Parade participants must stop there to register, she reveals.
The route is the same as in the past. The procession will go west on Water Street, north on State Road 229, go through the convent grounds and south on Pearl Street past the firehouse, where it ends. Plaques will be presented to the winners in seven categories: fire apparatus, float, classic vehicle, farm equipment, sport, equestrian and oddity.
Right as the parade ends, the eating of fried chicken and roast beef dinners begins. The meals with all the trimmings are $12 for adults and $6 for kids. In addition, carryout chickens (whole, $12; half, $6) will be sold.