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Greenlawn Fireman’s Fair Enters 111th Year 

Kids play a game in hopes of winning a goldfish at the 2011 Greenlawn Fireman’s Fair.

Keeping 111 years of tradition alive, the Greenlawn Fire Department will hold its annual Fireman’s Fair — the longest running Fireman’s Fair in New York State — this Labor Day weekend, when they will auction off great food, memories and a car.

Fire Chief Scott Waryold said the department this year will raffle off a 2013 Ford Focus at the fair, which is held behind the fire department on Boulevard Avenue, as part of a 15-year participation strategy.

“It gives a little more incentive, making [the car] a grand prize,” Waryold said.

After a $5 donation, even the second-place winner will go home feeling like they’ve struck gold after winning a large screen T.V. Third place gets an Apple iPad, and the prize for fourth place is a gas-fired barbeque. Smaller, less expensive items will be raffled off as well.

Waryold said the main focus of the Labor Day tradition is for people to enjoy themselves and to fuel the fire (with money, not gasoline) that allows the department to engage in charitable work with local organizations.

“It’s a really family-friendly environment. From little kids to adults, there’s a variety of entertainment to keep everybody excited,” the chief said.

The Greenlawn Fire Department’s annual fundraiser allows them to support local groups, such as Little League teams, throughout the year.

As if the prizes weren’t enough, the department will also be selling hotdogs, cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn, and will have rides and games in a traditional carnival-like atmosphere.

Grand Marshall and Greenlawn Fire Commissioner Larry Ancewicz, an ex-chief who served with the department over the past 50 years, will lead the parade, which kicks off Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Cuba Hill Road and Broadway, The route continues north on Broadway onto Fenwick Street, and then hits the fairgrounds, at 23 Boulevard Ave. behind the fire department. Firefighters and ambulance personnel from surrounding departments traditionally join the Greenlawn firemen during the parade night march.

The fair runs Thursday and Friday nights from 7-11 p.m.; starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. on Saturday; is closed on Sunday and reopens for the last day on Monday, Labor Day, from 5-11 p.m.

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