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ADAMS — The Adams Fire Department had its chance to shine Monday morning during a parade that culminated the department’s Firemen’s Field Days weekend.

The parade, the highlight of the 103rd field days weekend, also included several nearby fire departments, businesses, youth groups and political campaigns. Several departments displayed their antique trucks during the event.

Other events during the weekend, which started Saturday, included a pair of 5K races and a series of music performances.

“There’s people that have been coming here every year for their whole life,” said Robert D. Simpson, former village department chief and a member of the department’s building committee. “It’s just a tradition that we hope goes on for a long time to come.”

The field day weekend came as the village’s Board of Trustees on Aug. 19 agreed to borrow up to $1.2 million for an expansion of the department’s fire hall. In anticipation of the expansion, the village in March increased its tax rate by 6 percent, from $6.68 to $7.10 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Though the department says the extra space is necessary for the storage of its vehicles and equipment, the project has drawn firm opposition from a number of residents, including Planning Board Chairman William J. Doe, who are worried about the potential cost of the project, which could go beyond $1 million.

Opponents of the project have about two weeks to compile 185 signatures to put the borrowing to a vote in November.

On Monday, the department’s ladder truck displayed a banner reading: “For firefighter safety, please support the fire station project.”

“I think most people know the value of the department,” Mr. Simpson said. “We’re trying to educate people on the real facts.”

The department was forced to scramble last year after Midway Rides, Utica, the company with which it contracted for carnival rides, pulled out the day before the event.

Mr. Simpson said the inflatables the department brought in for the weekend this year were very popular among younger attendees.

Video from the parade can be found at http://wdt.me/32tB58.





Adams celebrates Firemen’s Field Day
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