The North East Fire Department is proud to
announce the 68th Annual North East Firemen's Cherry Festival will
take place July 9th to July 13th 2013!! The festival is
a major fundraiser for the North East Fire Department, and celebrates
the cherry industry in North East, PA. The festival features delicious
food, exciting games and thrilling amusement rides for
children of all ages!!!
The festival has been run since 1946, and provides a major source
of finance for the North East Fire Department. The department is
comprised of two seperate entities, Fuller Hose Company #1, and
Crescent Hose Company #2. The money earned at the festival is used
to finance exceptional training, top-notch equipment, and state of
the art technologies. Without the donations of those attending the
festival, the non-tax supported fire companies would struggle to
The annual festival begins on Tuesday night at Heard Park in
beautiful downtown North East, PA. The festival runs through
Saturday. Some of the highlighted events are:
- Cherry Queen
Crowning: Thursday -
Saturday - 4pm
In addition, there is a nightly ride-a-rama special. The
ride-a-rama is truly the best deal for those interested in riding
the quality amusement rides provided at the festival. There is also
a pre-sale of the ride-a-rama, with locations being announced in
early May 2013.
If you love carnival food, you will love this festival!! There
are many food vendors from around the country, along with some local
favorites. The North East Fire Department is one of the largest
vendors of food on the festival grounds. The Firemen's Sausage Tent
is the sole provider of the delicious sausage sandwiches. The
sausage is only made one time a year, and is a secret recipe that
only the fire department can order. The sausage is boiled, then
grilled to lock in the flavor. The sandwich is served on a fresh sub
roll, cut daily by several volunteers, then peppers and onions are
added, unless otherwise stated. The sausage tent is also where you
can get fresh cut french fries.
The firemen also operate the Fry Barn. The Fry Barn is the
exclusive location on the grounds to get the fresh-cut curly fries,
along with warm cheese sauce, and, when available, sausage on a
If it is a sweet tooth you have, we have the solution for you.
The firemen's Cotton Candy Tent provides fresh-spun cotton candy,
delicious nachos and cheese, and the ever popular pretzels.
Another tent, not run by the firemen, but directly benefiting the
firemen, is the Ladies Auxillary tent. The Ladies Auxillary tent
serves delicious favorites such as Smith's Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Ox
Roast Sandwiches, a home made barbecue sauce, and a home made greek
sauce that are perfect toppers to the Hot Dogs and Hamburgers. In
addition, the Ladies Auxillary sells milk and "Lil Hug" beverages,
in addition to ice cold Coca Cola products.
If it is exciting games you are looking for, the North East Fire
Department has four games to keep you entertained. The first
game is Chuck-A-Luck, which is a high energy game of chance that
keeps players coming back year after year. If you are looking for a
higher-stakes game with a rapid pace sure to keep you on your toes,
the Pill game is for you. B4 you leave, be sure to stop for bingo.
And, at the Money Tent, join us for a game or two of quarters, that
can win you more chances towards our fabulous nightly cash
The fire department is proud to announce that $10,200 will be
given away in prizes for the ticket purchases. Nightly drawings,
including 2 on Satuday night, give purchasers the opportunity to win
awesome cash prizes.
The NEFD is currently recruiting vendors for our festival this
summer. If you are interested, please contact us via the Vendor
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