Bear Lake hosts Firefest
Event slated for Saturday
By Holly Neumann
The Manawa Rural Fire Department will host its annual Firefest at Bear Lake Resort and Campgroup at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.
“This event is a great way to provide a fun filled family day to the community that has continuously supported the department,” Assistant Fire Chief Josh Smith said. “This event has grown each year and has given us a way to say ‘thank you’ everyone. Every member of the department is dedicated to making sure that everyone has a great and safe time.”
A bean bag toss tournament will begin at 2 p.m.
There will be a $20 charge per two person team for this event and a 50 percent payout to the winners.
Participants can register right up until the time of event.
Trick or treating will begin at 6 p.m., a live auction at 9 p.m. and a kids haunted hayride at dusk.
Returning this year is the live auction for manual labor by firefighters.
“Last year was the first year we tried this and had a great response,” said Smith. “With the winning bid coming from Bear Lake Resort, the firefighters helped stain their deck.”
In addition there will also be 50/50 and drop bucket raffles.
“There will be numerous items to win in the Drop Bucket drawings such as a Bradley smoker, Stihl chainsaw, Shop Vac, television and many more great prizes,” said Smith. “New this year, bucket drop winners do not have to be present to win.”
Smith encourages everyone to come and enjoy a fun filled day that will also include the following; 10 bike giveaways (five boys/five girls), Halloween costume contest, pumpkin coloring contest, Smokey Bear appearances, name the calf contest, dunk tank and more.
Proceeds from the event are used to upgrade vital equipment.
“Most recently the department was able to upgrade from our John Deere Gator, which was set up for mainly rescue, to a CAN-AM UTV with tracks. This has the capability of both fire suppression and rescue,” said Smith. “This upgrade has made us that much more versatile to the many different types of emergencies we respond to.”
According to Smith, the UTV will be on display at Firefest, to show guests how important fundraisers like these are to the department.
“This is the fifth year of Firefest and each year keeps getting bigger and better,” said Smith. “A big thank you to Bridget (Conroy) and Joe Bailey, who are in charge of Bear Lake Resort, and Ryan and Emily Conroy, who run Conroy’s Bear Lake Campground, along with their great staff for helping make this event as successful as it’s been. We couldn’t do it without them and the community for coming out and supporting us every year.”
For more information on this event, visit the Bear Lake Resort Facebook page. Camp sites are also available for this event by calling 920-596-3308 or by messaging them on Conroy’s Bear Lake Campground Facebook page.