Leadership

Volunteers protect the McLean County Fair

Issue 9 and Volume 113.

Volunteers protect the McLean County Fair ANDREW S. WASHBURN ABOUT 10 OR 12 YEARS ago the Bloomington Township, I11. Volunteer Fire Department began providing fire protection for the McLean County Fair, one of the largest 4-H fairs in the world. This annual event was then located on the south edge of the township. The fire department would take its pumper over to the grounds the day the fair opened and stay until the last show was out; a period from Monday morning to Thursday night. An extension phone was available at the fire department tent, so the district was really protected better during the fair than at other times due to having two or three men on continuous duty at that time. Later on, the department added a tank truck and stationed both on the grounds. The fair outgrew the old grounds, so a new site was purchased on the…

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