The only exception will be equine entries. The horses will gather at Douglas Street. “We don’t want them next to the steam engines or fire trucks where they may get spooked.”
The procession will begin at 1 p.m. It 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. Trophies will be presented to the winners in seven categories: fire apparatus, float, classic vehicle, farm equipment, sport, equestrian and oddity.
“The theme is Western, but we’ll take anything and everything.” She encourages people to participate or come out to see the parade because “it’s a fun time. The more the merrier. Everybody gets pumped …. and there are lots of things going on this year.”
Right as the parade ends, the eating of fried chicken and roast beef dinners begins. The menu includes green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, choice of cole slaw or applesauce, homemade desserts and drink (adults, $12; children, $6). In addition, carryout chickens (whole, $12; half, $6) will be sold.
Lighter fare, including hot dogs, hamburgers, deep fried tenderloin and grilled chicken breast sandwiches, french fries and cold drinks, can also be purchased. The beer garden, which opens at 4 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday, closes at midnight.
The fest’s raffle awards a $1,000 cash grand prize and many other items donated by area businesses. Tickets, $1 each or six for $5, can be purchased from any Eagle Fire Co. member or at the fest.
Oldenburg Firemen's Festival Friday, June 28 5-8 p.m. - Smoked pork chop dinners8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Now and Then Saturday, June 29 1 p.m. - Parade2-8 p.m. - Fried chicken and roast beef dinners4 p.m. - Kiddie tractor pull6 p.m. - Best dressed cowboy/cowgirl/Indian judging7-9 p.m. - Mechanical bull riding8 p.m.-midnight - Inner SoulOther attractions: games, food, beer garden