ALVIN, Wis.—Alvin Wisconsin Volunteer Fire and Rescue will celebrate its 15th annual Labor Day Picnic Saturday, Sept. 1, at Buchanan Park.
Free musical entertainment begins at noon and continues till 10 p.m.
Although picnic activities encompass the entire five-acre park, food services and raffle activities are housed at the park pavilion, in case of inclement weather.
This year’s all-day activities for young people will be field games and prizes for those competing in the sack race, the three-legged race, a water balloon toss, kickball and a scavenger hunt for toys, which will encompass the park’s Wheelchair Walking Trail.
There will also be table games, a bucket raffle and grab bags.
Last year, Alvin Fire Department constructed a 10-by-60 foot shuffleboard court, using funding from previous picnics. There is also a new 9-by-10 foot storage shed for playground equipment and a new cement apron around the pavilion – all financed by picnic profits.
This year’s profits will be directed toward the purchase of additional children’s playground equipment. The department is also looking at the possible upgrade of a newer fire engine.
To date, the new shuffleboard court is becoming a popular addition to the park and is used by the community for Friday evening competitions.
Another family favorite, “Pickle Rocket” contest, has evolved into the “Torpedo Launch,” said First Responder Wendy Graham, coordinator of children’s activities..
“Big ticket” items are raffled at 5 p.m. and include: first prize, a Savage 22-250 bolt action rifle and scope; second prize, a butchered and wrapped pig; third prize, 10 yards of gravel; fourth prize, three face-cords of firewood; fifth prize, a 32-inch Sanyo LCD HGTV; and sixth prize, $200 cash.
Live musical entertainment follows the 11:45 a.m. flag ceremony and the invocation and flag-raising will be delivered by Rev. Herman Spencer of the Little White Church.
Entertainment program line-up includes: noon to 1 p.m., Bill Wilkinson; 1 to 2, Donna Gaspardo, 2 to 3:30, Judge and Jury and Old Friends; 3:30 to 5, Jerry Burkett and Kenny Kay; 5 to 10, Disco Jockey, Kowboy Kenny.
“Flash” the Fire Dog will visit in conjunction with the Iron Mountain “Forever Fire Safety” program.
“Salty” the Clown will be present all day to make balloon animals and hats.
The Bounce House will again be available, near the children’s area. There will be dice games for adults in the Pavilion.
Gary Stapleton, for the eighth year, will display a pickup truck of firewood for people to buy chances on guessing how many pieces of wood.
The Alvin-Nelma Women’s Club will sponsor a bake sale. As always, the fire department will be offering beverages, burgers, brats and dogs as well as the traditional roasted corn.
This year, paddle beer, funnel cakes and popcorn will also be sold.
Buchanan Park and Pavilion is located three miles northwest of Highway 55 off Highway A and is bordered by Whitt and Rock Dam roads.