Over 1,000 firefighters coming to Kane for convention

More than 1,000 volunteer firefighters will be coming to Kane for a three-day convention that begins Thursday.The Kane Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the 119th annual convention of the Central District Volunteer Firefighter's Association (CDVFA). The organization, founded in 1892, meets annually for business meetings-- as well as for fun, relaxation and camaraderie.The CDVFA represents 261 volunteer fire departments from 23 Pennsylvania counties. The organization, which serves more than 2,500 volunteer firefighters, is the second largest in the state. Only the state firefighter's association represents more volunteers.The Kane Volunteer Fire Department has been a member of the CDVFA since 1894. This is the fifth time Kane has hosted the Central convention. Kane last hosted the event in 2003. Kane also hosted the convention in 1933, 1943 and 1949. Here is a schedule of events for the convention:Thursday1 p.m. to 9 p.m.-- Registration at the Kane Fire Hall. Each of the 261 fire companies in the CDVFA has two voting delegates.2 p.m.-- Food and refreshments available at fire hall.5 p.m.-- Past Presidents' Banquet, Szymanski's Restaurant.7 p.m.-- County vice presidents and committees meet, Kane Middle School.8 p.m.-- Opening business session, Kane Middle School.9 p.m.-- Entertainment, fire hall.Friday7 a.m.-- Breakfast available at fire hall.7 a.m. to 11 a.m.-- Showers available, Kane Middle School.8 a.m. to 9 a.m.-- Registration at fire hall.9 a.m.-- Memorial service, Evergreen Park gazebo. (In the event of rain, the service will be held at St. Callistus Catholic Church, Chase Street.10:30 a.m.-- Awards program and business session, Kane Middle School.11 a.m.-- Food and refreshments, fire hall.11:30 a.m.-- Auxiliary business meeting, Kane Middle School cafeteria.Noon-- Voting, if necessary, Kane Middle School auditorium.1 p.m.-- CDVFD reorganizational meeting, Kane Middle School auditorium.1 p.m. to 3 p.m.-- Queen's Contest registration, Kane Middle School cafeteria.2 p.m.-- Captain's meeting for Battle of the Barrel, fire hall.3 p.m.-- Battle of Barrel, Wetmore Avenue.4 p.m.-- Queen's Contest meeting, Kane Middle School auditorium.5 p.m.-- Queens Banquet, Kane Middle School cafeteria.6 p.m.-- Queen's Contest, Kane Middle School auditorium.8:30 p.m.-- Entertainment, fire hall.Saturday7 a.m.-- Breakfast available at fire hall.7 a.m. to 11 a.m.-- Showers available, Kane Middle School.8 a.m. to 2 p.m.-- Registration, fire hall.9 a.m.-- Captain's meeting for Pumping Contest, fire hall.10 a.m.-- Pumping Contest, Wetmore Avenue.Noon to 2:30 p.m.-- Fire truck judging, Kane High School.Noon-- Kids "Battle of Barrel," fire hall.3 p.m.-- Grand parade, Fraley Street.5 p.m.-- Chicken barbecue, fire hall.5 p.m.-- Food and refreshments, fire hall.6 p.m.-- Parade awards.7 p.m.-- Entertainment, fire hall.Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.