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May 15, 2007 > Fire Truck Day

Fire Truck Day

Ardenwood salutes firefighters and their equipment with family fun

A siren sounds in the distance and most of us listen intently as it comes closer, wondering what emergency vehicle it heralds. At the moment it races by with horn blaring and siren screaming, there is a sense of something both romantic and heroic about those on a mission of mercy and rescue. Protective emergency services - fire, ambulance and police - give all of us a feeling of comfort and respect since the men and women in those vehicles may be facing an ultimate test of skill, endurance and bravery as they race to an unknown challenge.

Each year, Ardenwood Historic Farm salutes a group of America's bravest - our firefighting services - displaying their trucks and tools (past and present), that aid them. Climb aboard a fire engine, ring the fire bell, and join the "Battle of the Fire Trucks." Meet a search and rescue dog and learn about fire safety. Music, crafts, games, and lots of squirting water will make this a wet and wild day for the whole family.

Schedule of Activities:

11a.m. - Musical Performance by the Bungee Jumping Cows
Noon - Battle of the Fire Trucks
1 p.m. - Musical Performance by the Bungee Jumping Cows

Kid's corral with crafts and games, Local firefighters and volunteers showing their fire trucks and fire fighting apparatus, display of old fashioned engines and machines by the Early Days Gas Engine Club, horse drawn train rides, tours of the historic Patterson House with the Mechanical Music Box Society displaying beautiful sounding music boxes in every room, blacksmithing demonstrations, Cooking demonstrations on an old wood burning stove, and special guest Smokey the Bear.

Fire Truck Day
Sunday, May 20
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 796-0199
$5 adult/ $4 Senior/ 3.50 child/ 3 and under free.

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