FREE musical entertainment is among the features of the Yorkville Firefighters' Festival now under way.
Scheduled tonight is the group, Streamline & Friends, while performing Friday will be The Fabulous Bender Boys. Music by JFK is scheduled Saturday.
A fire department spokesperson noted that a member of Streamline & Friends is "our friend and fellow EMT/firefighter Johnny Kendjorsky."
Another "hometown boy," Jim Berze, according to the spokesperson, is in the band, JFK.
The festival opened Tuesday with music by a disc jockey, and featured Wednesday was karaoke with DJ Rachel Rock and company.
Festival activities will continue through Saturday, and the firefighters' parade is scheduled that day at 6 p.m.
Midway rides by Calliope Productions are part of the celebration. In addition to rides, concessions and games, there is a variety of food such as wing night planned Friday by the award-winning catering staff of the Tailgaters. In addition to other fare, cabbage noodles, the "Station 84/3 Alarm Burger" and "4-Alarm Dog-Feel the Heat" hot dog are available.
Money from the festivals goes for the purchase of supplies and equipment for the department. The firefighters this year hope to buy a thermal imaging camera to be used on fire scenes to help in detecting heat/sources to help in preventing fires and loss of property. Cost of these cameras ranges from $15,000 to $20,000.
The Yorkville department does not charge for fire and emergency medical services runs.