WILMINGTON — The Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association invites you to join them on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road in Wilmington. This is the new location of the 42nd anniversary Antique Fire Apparatus Parade and Show.
The Mass Antique Fire Apparatus Association was founded as a group in 1977 as a local chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motorized Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA). The main chapter is located in Syracuse, NY.
The purpose of this organization is to promote and preserve Antique Motorized Fire Apparatus.
After many years of holding this event at Edgewater Park in Lynnfield, MAFAA was forced to find a new location when the new management of Edgewater Park decided to no longer host large events at Edgewater Park.
As the Board of Directors for the MAFAA looked for a somewhat last minute replacement venue for the parade and show, the Shriners Auditorium was suggested, but was already booked for the third weekend in June (the usual weekend for this event). However, the Shriners Auditorium was open for the following weekend, the 22nd of June.
James McGonagle, member of MAFAA Board of Directors, long time Wilmington resident, and also a Shriner, thought that the Shriners Auditorium would be a good fit.
McGonagle said, “The Shriners were looking for a parade to host, so partnering with the Shriners organization would make this event bigger and better than before.”
The MAFAA is expecting over 60 pieces of fire equipment to participate in the parade from all over Massachusetts. With the addition of the Shriners Fire Brigade golf carts and clowns, the board members are anticipating the parade to be a big success.
The parade starts at Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading at 10 a.m. and will go left onto Rt. 62, then proceed to Federal Street, to Concord Street, to Fordham Road, ending at the Shriners Auditorium. The fire apparatus will be on display in the parking lot of the auditorium for the public to view.
Inside the auditorium there will be plenty of activities for young and old alike. A Firematic Flea Market will be set up from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with vendors selling fire related gifts, toys, collectables, antiques and more. Hand drawn fire apparatus will also be on display inside the auditorium, as well as model builders and a variety of food to enjoy. Admission to the parade, flea market and fire apparatus display is free.
All proceeds for the days event will go to the Shriners Transportation Fund. This fund assures no cost to patients or their families that require medical flights to Shriners Hospitals for treatment.
The Shriners hold Fire Handtub Musters all over the U.S. and the MAFAA hopes to collaborate with them for a local handtub muster in the future.
McGonagle and all of the MAFAA Board Members would like to thank the people of Lynnfield for all of the support they have received over the years. The MAFAA Board and all of their members look forward to a wonderful relationship with the town of Wilmington and surrounding communities.
Currently, the MAFAA has 150 members, and welcomes anyone with an interest in the history of fire service to join. For more information about this organization or becoming a member, visit www.massmafaa.com.