The City of Quincy will continue its 175th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 3 when the Quincy Fire Department will hold a parade of fire fighting apparatus down Maine Street. The public is invited to the parade of fire trucks beginning at 1 p.m. that Saturday beginning at 12th and Maine to proceeding to 5th and Maine Streets.

Kurt Parsons
Kurt Parsons

Area fire departments have also been invited to be a part of the parade as well. After the parade concludes, all fire apparatus will be on display as they will be staged around Washington Park for the public to view. One of the items on display will be Illinois' First Firefighting Hand Pumper known as "Illinois' First."

After a short ceremony at 2 p.m., there will be firefighting competitions for the public to participate in. The 4 person teams, at a cost of only $25 per team, will get to compete in a variety of events including a water barrel fight, bucket brigade relays and a make or break relay involving a fire hose. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the events.

The Quincy History Museum at 4th and Maine will also be open during that afternoon so that visitors may see their current exhibit "Quincy's Firefighting Legacy" on display. That display is filled with artifacts and pictures for the Quincy Fire Department's 175 year history. For more information on the day's activities, call 228-4459.

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