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Norwood Fire Dept. continues July 4th tradition

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NORWOOD — The 77th annual Norwood Fire Department field days on Tuesday and Wednesday will feature the traditional patriotic parade, fireworks display, garden tractor races and more.

Starting on Tuesday on the Village Green, the Norwood Brass Firemen will perform a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be games of chance and food and legal beverages will be offered at the fire hall.

A pass of the hat will benefit the Norwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Cubby T. Clown and Co. are donating their time to this annual fundraiser. Face painters and balloon animal sculptors will be in the park from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

That evening, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Foot Midgets will perform at the traditional block dance in front of the fire hall. Admission will be $2 at the gate.

On July 4, a huge parade is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m., progress down Spring Street and end at the Morgan Street firemens field. This 60- to 70-unit parade will consist of three marching bands, 17 fire departments, three rescue squads, more than 25 floats, antique cars, ATVs, motorcycles and trucks.

Youth and church groups along with many civic and area businesses help to support the one-hour parade. Last year’s parade was viewed by more than 5,000 people.

The parade theme is “Magic Kingdom.” There will be 61 U.S. flags displayed along the parade route. A half hour before the parade’s start, Norwood volunteer firefighters will hand out more than 850 hand-held American flags to parade viewers who place donations in a fireman’s boot being passed among the crowd.

Cubby T. Clown and Co. will offer face painting and animal balloon sculpting again Wednesday at the Village Green before and during the parade.

Plaques for awards to be given at the parade were donated by Hometown Café.

After the July 4th parade, festivities at the Morgan Street firemen’s field start at 2 p.m. with a demolition derby and garden tractor races. These tractors reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour on an oval track specially built by Haggett Excavation.

Two free shows from the Cubby T. Clown and Co. are planned from 5 to 7 p.m. July 4. Each performance is different. There also will be a children’s playhouse.

The field days will end with one of the biggest firework displays in St. Lawrence County. The display costs the Norwood Fire Department more than $5,000.

Donations for the fireworks can be made to Norwood Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 231, Norwood , NY 13668.

Perry’s Big M has donated $1,000 for the show.

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