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Second annual Wakefield Fire event a success

WAKEFIELD FIRE Department took first place in this yearís muster held Saturday at the town ballfields. Pictured here are Christopher Stevens, Rhodes Haskell, Evan Turcotte, and Kenny Paul. (Mellisa Seamans photo) (click for larger version)
August 25, 2011
WAKEFIELD — Perfect weather and a good turnout made for a successful 2nd annual Fire and Spice Chili Cookoff and Fireman's Muster in Wakefield last Saturday, Aug. 20.

Again this year was the car and truck show sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts in Wakefield. There were 52 entries in this year's event, compared to 30 last year and four entries in the newly-added tractor category. This year's best truck award went to Richard Shorey of Wakefield for his 1956 Ford pickup; best antique was Norman Royle of Wakefield and his 1922 Ford Model T and John and Debbie Thomas of Rochester and their 1970 Chevelle were judged best muscle car.

James Powierza of Wakefield and his 1967 Volkswagen Beetle and Resin Howard of Maine and his 1949 8N tractor took the people's choice awards. This year's best of show went to Steven Digiovanni of Middleton for his 1972 Chevelle SS.

Attendees paid $3 to taste all of the chili in this year's chili cookoff contest and place their vote for their favorite.

First place, with their chili called "First Due" went to Caitlin Nason and Derek Chouinard. In second place, with their chili called "Cheapest Gas" were Sam Morrill, Evan Turcotte, Steve Petsche, and Pat Brackett. The third place award went to Jane Runnells and the people's choice award went to Chris Krafton.

This year's fire and EMS musters provided lighthearted competition and entertainment for the crowd as teams from three departments competed in a variety of skills events including racing through an obstacle course with a "patient" on a stretcher and a bucket brigade. Winners in the EMS event were Ossipee Corner Fire Department in first place, Hollis, Maine Fire Department in second, and Wakefield Fire Department in third place. In the fire event was Wakefield Fire Department in first place, Ossipee Corner in second and Hollis in third place.

This annual event is a fundraiser for the Wakefield Firemen's Association that provides needed equipment and supplies that are not provided in the regular operating budget.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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