Fire station dedicated during Smithville Days this weekend

SMITHVILLE FLATS – On Saturday the Genegantslet Fire Company is scheduled to hold a dedication and wet down ceremony of the new station in Smithville Flats.

The ceremony will start at noon with a pledge to the flag, then move inside the new fire station for the dedication ceremony. Assemblyman Clifford Crouch and Fire Coordinator Matt Beckwith and Town of Smithville Board members will attend.

After the dedication ceremony there will be a wet down of the new fire station. The Greene, McDonough, Brisben, Willet and Cincinnatus fire departments will participate in the wet down. The neighboring departments will be bringing ladder trucks and tankers for the ceremony. A wet down ceremony is where neighboring volunteer fire departments spray water on a new piece of apparatus or a new fire station. This is to welcome it into service and hopes to bring good luck to the receiving department.

When the wet down is finished there will be tours or you can tour the new fire station yourself, firemen will be there to answer any questions you may have. Thanks to Fingerlakes Construction of Clyde, who built the building and Halco Meps of Phelps, who did the heating, plumbing and electric donated hamburgers and hot dogs along with all the fixings, we will have them for free to everyone after the ceremony.

Beginning the day at 9:30, the annual 5K run/walk race which is co sponsored by the Genegantslet Fire  Company and the Town of Smithville will start at the community center and end at the old fire station. Other events include a tractor pull at noon with the Tractors of Yesterday. At Eagle Scout Park from 9-3 there will be sausage sandwiches and strawberry shortcake which can be purchased from the members of the Presbyterian Church and the Smithville Historical society is having a plant sale. A yard sale will be held at Seebers Tavern from 10-4.

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