NEW BREMEN – Varied activities will kickoff at noon at Saturday’s 95th Annual New Bremen Firemen’s Picnic. Big band swing era music and a special runner in the 5K run in memory of fallen comrades are on the schedule.
The picnic is an annual fundraising event for the New Bremen-German Township Fire Department. This year, profits will benefit the department’s scholarship program. The event will last until midnight, according to organizers.
Activities will center at Jaycee Park, adjacent to the Crown Pavilion.
Firefighter Larry Kellerman will don full turnout gear and run in the Firemen’s Memorial 5K Run set to begin at 8 p.m. at the pavilion. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.
According to information on the website of run planner, Speedy Feet, Kellerman will participate fully geared in the memory of deceased firefighters Kenneth Jutte and John Garman.
On Oct. 1, 2003, Jutte and Garman were among firefighters responding to a fire in a 71-foot tall concrete silo at Hoge Lumber in New Knoxville. Reportedly, the silo was 20 feet in diameter and contained sawdust and wood scrap that had accumulated. The material was aimed to be conveyed by mechanical equipment for use as fuel for an on-site electrical generation and heating plant.
With Jutte atop the silo and Garman in a nearby raised bucket truck, an explosion occurred. The men succumbed to their injuries.
Music, waterball and children’s events
From 6 to 7:30 p.m. the AC Swing Band will perform at the Crown Pavilion. Directed by Scott Kuenning, the performers provide big band swing era music. More than 20 members of the band are expected to perform.
From 8:30 until midnight, the acoustical music of Ranly and Munch will be featured, also at the pavilion.
The yearly senior waterball fire department challenge gets underway at 4 p.m. The children’s waterball competition set for 1 p.m. Registration for the youngsters begins at 12:30 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m., children’s games, jumpies and pony rides begin. A wood carving auction will begin at 7:30 p.m.
A raffle drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The top prize will be $1,000 in cash. Totally, $2,000 will be presented to raffle winners.
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