Ingleside Firefighters' Association block party to be hottest of the summer

Handout/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network James Thompson goes through one of the activities at the 2018 version of the Ingleside Firefighters' Association summer block party. Handout Not For Resale Supplied

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INGLESIDE —The barbecues will blaze, but there’s no need to worry about fires at the 13th-annual Ingleside Firefighters’ Association block party on July 20.

Billed as hottest summer party in South Stormont, the block party starts at noon outside the Ingleside Shopping Plaza and will have an assortment of live music and family entertainment throughout the day. For the kids, there’ll be inflatables, pony rides, face painting and a children’s fire obstacle course that opens at 1 p.m.

For the big (adult) kids, there’s a beer garden. The barbecue will come from Schneider’s Foodland Community Cruiser, and evening munchies will be provided by Twisted Kitchen.

Live entertainment begins at 5 p.m., and will feature On Tap Music, Mena Hardy and Hadrian’s Wall. The music will run until 1 a.m.

“This has become a summer tradition that local residents and tourists look forward to attending. Our planning committee is looking forward to this summer’s event,” said Jennifer MacIsaac, Ingleside Firefighters’ Association summer event planning marketing co-ordinator. “This has become a summer tradition that local residents and tourists look forward to attending. Our planning committee is looking forward to this summer’s event.”

Last year’s event did not have what had been an annual firefighters’ challenge, and this year follows that trend. The contest brought representatives from the region’s fire departments to compete in feats that included hauling hoses, using fire axes and carrying a 200-pound person down stairs.

“The planning committee cancelled the firefighter competition part of the event in 2018 due to the popularity of such events in the area declining,” said MacIsaac.

This departure doesn’t diminish, however, the range of activities offered at the block party, courtesy of the 15 association members, their spouses and the 25 student volunteers who will keep the party running.

“Although we are a small committee, we work tremendously well together. Everyone has their strengths and works passionately to pull this event together every year,” MacIsaac said.

All proceeds of the event will go to the Ingleside Firefighters’ Association. The event is free to attend, with the barbecue offerings available by donation.

For more information, you can visit the Ingleside Firefighters’ Assocation Facebook page.

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