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Ligonier firefighters to hold craft brewing festival

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The fun is on fire courtesy of Ligonier Volunteer Hose Co. No. 1 members, who will play host to the first annual “Brews and Ladders Craft Brewing Festival” from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 16 at the hose house located at 112 N. Fairfield St.

The event will showcase the talents of local beer crafters. All Saints, Four Seasons, Helltown and Penn Breweries will be on site providing the beverages.

In prime picnic tradition, menu items will include pulled pork, potato salad and baked beans, and guests can munch along to music while enjoying an evening with family and friends.

The festivities are in support of a solid cause, as all proceeds benefit the fire company, which is 100 percent volunteer.

Admission to the event is $20.

“We were looking for new and creative ways to not only raise funds, but to get people into our station to meet our members and expose them to the different kinds of things we do,” said the hose company's vice president, Jeff Craig. “As a completely volunteer organization, we rely totally on the community for support. I think the more people understand what we do and the time and effort our members commit to provide fire protection and public safety, the more willing they are to support us.”

Fundraising efforts such as this cover the costs of necessities needed to ensure utmost efficiency. Fire apparel alone, including items such as boots and coats, can total up to thousands of dollars, in addition to costs of equipment, safety tools, insurance and general upkeep.

“The community is extremely supportive and appreciative of what we do,” Craig added. “We are one of the best trained and equipped vehicle rescue departments anywhere in the country. Whether it's two in the afternoon or two in the morning, we need people to be there for us so that we can be there for them.”

Rebecca Ridinger is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.