INGLESIDE — The 11th Annual Ingleside Firefighter Challenge is just a few days away, and organizers are busy with planning out the details of this year’s South Stormont community event.
This year’s edition will offer a full day of activities aimed at the entire family, starting with free children’s activities that include Bubble Bounce Inflatables, Pony Rides by Mellow Meadows Equestrian, Face Painting, a Children’s Firefighter Challenge and a Little Ray’s Reptiles Interactive Show. There will be a barbecue run by the Schneiders / Foodland Community Cruiser and a beer garden starting at noon.
Invitations have been sent to all neighbouring fire departments in SD&G and surrounding area, inviting firefighters to go head to head in a test of skill, endurance and teamwork as they make their way through a skills course. The challenge is meant to simulate the first couple of minutes of a fire and will include such demonstrations as forcible entry, hose pulls, victim drag, ladder climbing and more. Families are encouraged to attend and cheer on their fire department. Back again for a second year is the Youth Challenge, which will follow the firefighters.
“This is our 11th year having this great community event, we were thrilled with the community support the past couple of years and every year we seem to grow bigger,” says event chairperson Stacy Charlebois. “The Ingleside Firefighters’ Association plan this event as a way to give back to our supportive community, and along with numerous local sponsors, make this event better every year. The mandate of the organizers is to make the event as free or low cost as we can so everyone can enjoy.”
Ingleside will be rocking with live entertainment from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring Alex and Ethan MacIsaac, Quitter, Mena Hardy and Kilts, Riffs and Spurs.
The 11th Annual Ingleside Firefighter Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, July 15th in front of the Ingleside Shopping Plaza.
Free to the public, any proceeds generated by the Challenge will benefit the Ingleside Firefighter’s Association. Further details can be found on the Association’s Facebook page.
The video below shows Newington Fire Chief Drew Cameron going head-to-head against Hawkesbury’s Marc Bellefeuille during last year’s Challenge.
Mena Hardy is one of the featured rock acts scheduled at the conclusion of this Saturday’s (July 15) Ingleside Firefighter Challenge. The clip below shows one of her recent performances.
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