Fire Fighters Prepare for Annual Lawn Party Fundraiser in Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- Thousands of people will show up for a lawn party this week and it's for a good cause in Bridgewater.

This is the 75th year the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company and their family members have held the event.

Doug Martin has been getting things ready for the last week.

"Cleaning up the grounds, doing some mowing and weed eating, maintenance on our stands," said Martin, Chair of the lawn party and volunteer fire fighter.

Tents are already up and people are delivering their tractors ahead of the tractor pulls and the parade.

All the money from the lawn party will go toward funding Bridgewater's Volunteer Fire Company.

"This lawn party gets us about 75% of our operating costs, which pays the electric bill at the fire house, which puts fuel in the fire trucks," said Martin.

About 125 volunteers from the fire company and their family members will run the food and drink stands.

"We get all kinds of outside help, from different civic organizations," said Martin.

On Wednesday, the party kicks off with a kids tractor pull.

Wednesday is also kids night, where kids can pay for a wristband for rides at a fixed price.

On Thursday, the big event is the antique tractor pull.

"Anything 1954 and older is able to pull at our tractor pull," said Martin.

From Wednesday to Friday, Martin said they expect thousands of people.

It's a yearly tradition that helps pay the department's bills.

"We are just about 100 % volunteer agency, which means, we do not charge to go to you know come to your house for an emergency," said Martin.

They are looking for volunteers in the community to help prepare ham sandwiches at the fire company on Wednesday morning.

As far as any traffic issues, Bridgewater police will be helping on Friday and Saturday for the two parades.

There is a small area on Grove Street for parking.

However, volunteers recommend that you park at Turner Ashby High School.

They will have shuttle buses running every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.


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