MILLHEIM – It’s festival season and if you want a few nights of old-fashioned fun, head to Millheim’s fire carnival this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The event takes place on the fire grounds, directly behind the fire station, open daily at 6 p.m.
The official start of the weekend is tonight at 7 p.m. when the fire whistle sounds, signaling the start of the annual parade.
MVFC Vice President, Carnival Chairman and active firefighter Hunter Homan is excited to see the event back on track and explains the role he plays in the Penns Valley.
“It’s important because it brings the community together and helps raise money so the fire company can improve,” he said. “A lot of the money raised goes to buying new gear and gear that we use every day.”
This year’s entertainment will suit all ears with Qwik Rock DJ Ricky LaPean on Thursday night, DJ Joe Quick on Friday and 1950s doo-wop band Rama Lama on Saturday.
There will be nightly draws for grand prizes, as well as a draw on Saturday night to win cornhole boards with pro-style bags. The draws for the 100 winning tickets will also take place on Saturday evening.
Games are a popular part of carnival for all ages. A few of the favorites are the duck pond, soda ring toss, bouncy house, poker booth, balloon darts, a money tree and everyone’s favorite – the dime pitch. .
No central Pennsylvania carnival would be complete without a tractor pull, and the Millheim Fire Company will have two during carnival weekend. The garden tractor draw is Saturday morning with registration at 9 a.m., with the draw at 10 a.m.; and the kiddy pedal pull is for ages 3 to 9, and will take place in the evening with registration at 6 p.m. with the pull at 7 p.m.
Most people attend local carnivals to visit old friends and eat good food. The Millheim carnival will have plenty of both.
While attendees catch up with old friends on one of the benches in front of the main stage, they can nibble on some good Fair Trade style food. The lot will be full of delicious fried and sweet treats like hot sausage sandwiches, cheesesteaks, fries, funnel cakes, pizzas, fried Oreos, burgers and hot dogs and freshly squeezed lemonade .
On Saturday evening from 10 p.m., one of the biggest fundraisers of the carnival takes place – the cake auction.
This year, a special cake will be offered in memory of Millheim Fire Company member Kevin Lingle.
Kevin and his wife, Hope, who is also an active member of the fire company, were in a car accident last June and unfortunately Kevin succumbed to her injuries.
The tragic accident happened a few miles from Millheim, but within Millheim Fire Company coverage area, meaning all EMS workers and fire company members who responded to the scene were close friends of Kevin.
His sudden absence left a huge hole not only in his circle of friends and family, but also in the Penns Valley community, and in particular the Millheim Fire Company.
Kevin was a visible presence at all fire company events and was instrumental in planning the annual carnival. Because of this, the organizers keep realizing how much they miss him as they plan the day and reprise some of his roles.
Clarise Homan is one of those members and considers Hope and Kevin her closest friends. “Kevin was a beloved and very dedicated member of our fire company as well as one of my best friends,” Clarise said, holding back her tears. “There were a lot of tough firsts in the fire company without him last year. And now it’s our first carnival without him. We will miss him forever.”
The Cake Auction will feature over 40 cakes, all delicious, all made with love and all loved. However, the one named after Kevin will touch the fire company member’s heart as his name is called out under the white stage lights, which Kevin has walked through at many carnivals before.
Heather Homan, secretary of the fire company and friend of the Lingles, is the source of Kevin’s cake donation and a reminder of his special place within the organization and in his own family. “On June 30, 2021, the lives of Millheim Fire Company members were changed forever. We have lost a dedicated longtime member and a man who was like a second father figure to me. He has been a leader in many fundraising events and we must go on without him. He will forever remain in our hearts. »
For more information about the Millheim Fire Company or the Cake Auction, please call or text Hunter Homan at 814-360-5864.