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Fireman's Muster a community event

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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The traditions of the fire department will be celebrated July 18 and 19 as firefighters from across the state compete in Lincoln’s inaugural Fireman’s Muster. “We want to get the community involved and let them see how the fire department started,” said Firefighter John Ferry, spokesman for the Lincoln Professional Firefighters Association, which is running the event jointly with the Historic Downtown Lincoln Merchants’ Association. The two-day event will include a parade, an antique car show, food vendors, an arts and crafts show, a beer garden, antique and historic fire apparatus, a dinner dance and the firefighter competitions. Dudley and the Doo-Rights will provide live music at the dinner dance – which is open to the public for the cost of $15, according to Ferry. All events in the daytime, however, are free. Events will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For Lincoln Fire Department Operator Jake Spence, the competition is the most fun. “It’s also nice that firefighters from all over the state will be coming up,” Spence said. “We’ll be meeting people we wouldn’t otherwise meet.” Spence said the event he most looks forward to is the bucket brigade – where a line of firefighters must pass buckets to each other to transport the water to the fire. Capt. Steve Adcock said he enjoys watching the kids compete in some of the events. “It’s really neat to see,” Adcock said. For Firefighter Adam Malbrough, the best event is the hose cart race – where six firefighters pull two-wheeled carts laden with hoses. “It’s hopefully going to attract a large crowd to downtown Lincoln,” said Earl Stephens, chair of the Fireman’s Muster Committee, representing the HDLMA. “It’s going tobe a multifaceted draw and a family event.” Stephens said competitions will be done all day Saturday and Sunday. The antique fire apparatus will include some of the earliest motorized fire engines as well as a hand pumper, Ferry said. “It’s fun to get together with other fire departments and have a friendly competition,” Ferry said. Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at brandond@goldcountrymedia.com.