With the booming sound of the original fire horn that was atop the old Madera water tower, and sounded a call to firemen and volunteers in the 1950s, the sixth annual Heritage Day in the Park was underway Saturday morning at Lions Town and Country Park.
Little Brody Vine, age 5, blasted away with a miniature fire hose at flames painted on a false wooden house. Over at the Camp Fire USA face painting booth, Cierra Saucedo-Garcia worked intently as she created a design on the face of Charisma Hutchinson, age 11. Meanwhile some 200 kids and adults cheered on the firefighters during the motorized hose cart contest of the muster event.
It was day filled with family fun and entertainment. In addition to the above, a dozen antique and classic fire engines were on display. The Madera Parks and Community Services, co-sponsors of the event, cooked popcorn and made snow-cones. A long line of kids waited to try the giant slide. Booths included a chance to win a hand-made quilt, and there was a display of small antique engines huffing and puffing away.
The excitement came with the muster competition between local and state fire stations and private teams. Don Warnock, who owns Warnock Foods of Madera, a collector of classic fire engines, brought two men’s teams and two women’s teams. Contests included bucket brigade, hand pumper, motorized hose cart, and the wet and wild target ball competition...