9/11 Memorial Fire Truck Muster & Car Show Coming to Saira Barn | local news

Rogersville – The Hawkins County Volunteer Firemen Association will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a memorial fire truck muster and car show.

The association is working closely with the East Tennessee Fire Historical Society, a chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Appliances in America, for a one-day event — complete with a memorial service — Saturday, 11 on September. Saira Byrne in Hawkins County.

The 9/11 Memorial Fire Truck Muster & Car Show is underway with registrations from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and decisions being made from noon to 2 p.m.

Admission and registration are free. However, donations are encouraged.

HCVFA and ETFHS will benefit from proceeds from the event.

Discounts will also be available.

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The 9/11 Memorial Service will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a guest speaker and ringing of the bell. It will honor three Tennesseans from the Knoxville area who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

A special “We Didn’t Forget” T-shirt featuring the names of Tennesseans Tim Haviland, Tony Carnes and Rob Lenoir will be available for purchase. The shirts are $15 each.

fire truck and car show

Fire equipment, including a 1959 Oren Little Squirt, 1920 Obenchan-Bauer, 1975 CF Mack and 1975 Olds Cutlass, are among the vehicles already registered for the fire truck muster and car show. On-site program registration will run from 9 am to 11 am. There is no registration fee.

Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 100 registrants.

Judgment will take place from noon to 2 pm with prizes for oldest motorized fire equipment, best looking antique motorized (Fire Department owned/private owned), best looking antique ambulance, best looking antique fire equipment Chief’s car, the best looking antique brush truck and the best hand or horse drawn equipment are visible. There will be special prizes for longest distance transport (department/private) and longest distance operated (department/private). There will also be several best brand awards, as well as best show for both cars and fire trucks.

People’s Choice Award will also be presented.

little squirt a big hit

Certainly an entry to attract attention is the 1959 Oren Little Squirt, owned and exhibited by the Herman family. It was the first antique vehicle registered for the event.

According to a press release, the vehicle was manufactured by the Oren Fire Appliances Company in Roanoke, Virginia, after the company’s president, Francis Brigham, was approached by his brother Dave about building a mini fire truck. As the story goes, Dave was running for US Army national commander and was brainstorming ideas to draw attention to his campaign. Francis, an engineer, first got the mini fire truck down on paper. Then he joined Baltimore’s Cheston L. Acquired a three wheeled mail carrier from the Eshelman company. Oren’s craftsmen took the three-wheeled chassis, stripped it, and custom built a mini fire truck based on Francis’ sketches.

The first for the unit was to lead Dave’s campaign and participate in a large parade at the American Legion National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1960. Show attendees will notice the letter “BBCVFD”, which stood for “Boost Brigham Club Volunteer Fire Department”. The campaign didn’t come to fruition, but Little Squirt is still a fire truck muster and a hit at car shows after all these years.

The Saira Barn is located at 4144 US Highway 11-W at the eastern end of Rogersville, near Sargoinsville.

To learn more about the show, email the committee [email protected].

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