Firefighters celebrating birthday
Members of the Fairmount Township Fire Department are fired up for their 50th birthday bash, slated for this weekend in Basehor.
The volunteer fire department is the state's oldest township department, which got its start in September 1951 through the efforts of eight area residents.
The festivities will get under way on Saturday with a barbecue cook-off at 2 p.m. and a community dance from 7 p.m. to midnight. The cook-off will be at Basehor-Linwood High School, and application forms are available at Casey's in Basehor and Tonganoxie, Kelley's restaurant in Basehor and B&J Country Mart in Tonganoxie.
Doug Metzger, volunteer fire department, said spots still are available in the cook-off.
"It's not filled up yet," he said. "I could use a couple more."
For more information, call Metzger at 724-1849.
The dance will be in Quinlan Hall at the Catholic church at 155th Street and Leavenworth Road in Basehor, with music by Tim Rose.
On Sunday, the celebration continues with an antique fire apparatus parade at 1:30 p.m. that will run south on 155th Street from Iron Creek Subdivision to the high school. Apparatus will be on display, along with antique cars, during the afternoon at the high school. And the fire station, which is just north of the high school on 155th Street, will conduct an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.