Firemen Days festival returns to Cambridge

Barb McBreenCambridge Correspondent
Firemen Days festival returns to Cambridge

The Cambridge Fire Department and its auxiliary are organizing the city’s summer festival, to be held June 10, 11 and 12.

The festival is always the second weekend in June, and this year the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department and its auxiliary are stepping up to plan and host the event.

Bill Hook, chief of the Cambridge Fire Department, said the city asked the department to take the lead to plan the festival in January. The firemen are going to retain several of the events held during past festivals.

On Friday the event will include an ice cream social, local music and fireworks. Saturday events include a fun run, parade, carnival, vendors, fire department demonstrations and performances, with Dawn Hollman as the opening act for Jason Brown in the evening.

Hook is excited to bring in Jason Brown, who owns a production company that helps smaller communities with fundraising. Hook said he and his wife, Lynn, knew Brown before he became famous.

“We owned a restaurant in Knoxville and he worked for us,” Hook said.

Lynn also serves on the department’s auxiliary. She said small communities have a hard time getting volunteers to organize town festivals and the fire department saw this as an opportunity to help.

“It’s about bringing the community back together and that’s our goal,” Lynn said.

Tracy Schlater, a Cambridge Fire Department Auxiliary member, said the fire department’s auxiliary was just set up to help the raise money and it came at the right time.

“Having the auxiliary was the linchpin that helped the department make the decision to lead this event,” Schlater said.

Cambridge became a town in 1856 and the first summer festivals were planned as Fourth of July celebrations. Later the celebration became known as the Cambridge Firemen Days, which was changed in the 1990s to Jubilee Days. In 2014, the festival was renamed Skunk River Valley Days and this June the name will return to Cambridge Firemen Days.

The Cambridge Fire Department and its auxiliary are looking for more sponsors and volunteers. Contact Bill at chiefhook1102@yahoo.com if you’d like to help.