Carnival time approaches in Orange; biggest fire unit fundraiser
ORANGE >> The town’s volunteer fire department is ready to put on a great “show” Thursday through Sunday at its annual carnival, said event chairman and public works department head Don Foyer.
Foyer said the Orange department is one of few in the state that is self-supporting and the carnival is its major fundraiser to cover equipment and training.
Currently the department is working toward purchasing a 75-foot ladder truck for the capability to reach tall buildings in town, Foyer said. The price tag on that truck is $850,000, he said.
“It’s our biggest fundraiser and we’re hoping for good weather,” Foyer said.
The carnival is so steeped in tradition, Foyer has said, that people who have moved away make the trip back for the event.
This will be the 89th carnival — a tradition first held decades ago on the Town Green, a small patch of grass next to Orange Congregational Church.
The popular carnival that draws thousands each year from many communities will include carnival rides for children and adults of all ages, games, high-end raffle prizes and many food choices. There will also be fireworks Friday and Saturday nights.
The carnival begins Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Raffle prizes include a $7,000 and $4,000 Visa gift card, an iPad, $400 gift card to ShopRite and a $1,200 gift card to Diamond Designs.
Tickets can be purchased at People’s United Bank, 653 Orange Center Road; the first selectman’s office at Town Hall; Knight’s Power Equipment at 286 Boston Post Road; Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, or at the carnival.
Online ticket sales are available at www.orangevfd.com.