Updated 09/03/2012 07:07 PM
Parade brings community and firefighters together
Up in Jefferson County, the Labor Day celebration in Adams is all about the community and its Fire Department coming together. It's a weekend long event that ends Monday with a big parade through downtown, leading to a big party at the fire hall. Our Brian Dwyer has more on what the celebration means to everyone involved.
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ADAMS, N.Y. -- For a small village, this is one giant event. The 102nd annual Labor Day Field Days in Adams is three days of the Adams Fire Department and the community it serves coming together.
"It's actually a way for our firefighters to thank the community for their support," Liz Ryder, President of the Adams F.D. Ladies Auxiliary said. "We hope that they come out and support our firefighters because this is what enables us to keep our equipment and our fire department going."
The weekend is highlighted by the big parade through downtown. Everything from, of course, fire trucks to the Original Yanks Drum and Bugle Corp.
"It's pretty cool," Nathaniel Matteson of the Adams Boy Scout Troop 37 said. "It's nice for the firemen to be able to do this and it's just a nice day to have fun and watch a parade."
"Seeing all the fun the veterans are having and seeing the antique cars and motorcycles. That's pretty cool," Aidan Race, also of the Boy Scout Troop, added.
The event also giving groups like the Boy Scouts a chance to show off a bit. And of course it’s election season and Congressional candidates are having some fun getting that message out to the large crowds. Bill Owens spent the day in Massena and Matt Doheny in AuSable. He also had a team here in Adams.
"People seem like they're in a great mood," Mary Doheny, Matt Doheny's wife said. "It's a great Labor Day weekend and a great day right before school starts. Everybody loves candy."
A lot of fun that gives those firefighters another chance to see why they do what they do.
"There's a lot of pride in our department," firefighter Andrew Beckstead said. “It shows today. 102 years. We're not stopping now."
In fact, they're not stopping at all. The 103rd year is already in the planning stages.
After the parade, people were able to visit the Fire Department for a chicken barbecue, live music, games and rides.