The annual Beverly Volunteer Fire Department Fireman's Festival will heat up the small town beginning today. Events run throughout the week and even more activities are planned for this year's festival.
Beverly volunteer firefighter Lance Elbon says there's plenty to do for the whole family and encourages individuals to explore the historic town while visiting. Firefighers are expecting to host around 3,000 people for the activities, which continue to expand.
"Everyone says our festival gets better and better each year," Elbon said.
Fireworks on Friday at 10 p.m. have always drawn a crowd; and Elbon says that this year there will be even more.
Events begin today at 9 a.m. with a horseshoe tournament at the Fire House, followed by a cornhole tournament at 10 a.m. Beginning at 6 p.m. today, the pageant to crown the Fireman's Festival will be in the Beverly School.
Monday, at 6:45 p.m. there will be Bingo at the Fire House. Tuesday's events start at 6:30 p.m. with a pet show at the fire house, followed by an ice cream social at 7 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a cakewalk will be at 6:30 p.m. in the fire house.
On Thursday, the annual Ox Roast begins at 4 p.m. at 4-H Camp Pioneer; at 6 p.m. inflatable games for children will be available at the fire house; and the children's parade at Beverly School steps off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday's events end with the Ms. Flame Pageant in the fire house.
The celebration kicks into high gear Friday. At 6 p.m., the children's inflatable games will once again be open, and at 7 p.m. the New Relics will perform at the fire hall. The fireworks display is set to begin at 10 p.m.
Saturday's activities start at 9 a.m. with a craft show at the fire house and the car show at the Beverly United Methodist Church. At 10 a.m. inflatable games begin at the fire house, and the fireman's parade lineup is at 11 a.m. at the North end turn. If hunger strikes, chicken barbecue will be sold at the fire house at 11:30 a.m. At noon, the parade steps off along Main Street, and will be followed by the fireman's water battle at the fire house at 2 p.m. Saturday ends with the Texaco Country Showdown Finals at 6 p.m. at the fire house.
The week wraps on Sunday with a .22 Shoot at the Izaak Walton League at 8 a.m. and a community sing in Beverly School at 11 a.m.