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Columbia Fireman’s Muster

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Date(s) - 04/30/2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Columbia State Historic Park


The 57th Annual Columbia Fireman’s Muster is Saturday, April 30, in Columbia State Historic Park.  Beginning at 10am, the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Engine Company No. 1 will display their collection of antique fire apparatus on Main Street, and the Muster Parade is at noon.  Registration for parade entries begins at 10 am.  Columbia local Paul Osborne has been selected to be the 2016 Muster Parade Grand Marshal, and will be riding in an antique Model T touring car known in Columbia as the “Chief’s Car,” and formerly the “Constable’s Car.”

Following the parade, at 1:00 pm the kids are invited to participate in the popular Hose Roll and Bucket Brigade evens on Main Street, and the adults can compete in a Bucket Brigade of their own at 2:00 pm.  The final activity of this free event in Columbia is a demonstration of Columbia Fire’s famous antique hand pumper fire engine, “Papeete,” at 3 pm.  Since we are still in a drought situation, all water used for the Fireman’s Muster will come from a private source.

Columbia Fire’s Engine Company No. 1 is also inviting the public to its “Hospitality Night” the evening before the muster – 5:30 pm on April 29 – at the Firehouse on Jackson and Bigler Streets in Columbia.  They will serve cornbread, chili beans and refreshments, and Cactus Bob and Prairie Flower will be on hand to provide some good Columbia-style music.

For more information about Columbia’s Fireman’s Muster, call 209-694-0235