WILMINGTON — On Saturday, June 23, 2019, firefighters, firefighting enthusiast and their families turned out in droves to attend the 42nd annual Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Parade.
The Parade started at Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading and ended at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington.
This was the first time this event was held in Wilmington. Until this year, this event was held in the Lynnfield area. Due to new management changes at their old venue, the Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association (MAFAA) was forced to change locations last minute, but the venue change resulted in a very successful show.
MAFAA President Brian Anderson stated, “The show went better than they had hoped,” exceeding all expectations by the MAFAA board members.
The MAFAA is dedicated to the preservation of Antique Motorized Fire Apparatus. The MAFAA Show and Parade is one of the organization’s biggest events of the year, attracting fire apparatus from all over the state, and beyond, to participate in the parade. After the parade the fire apparatus was displayed in the parking lot of the Shriners Auditorium for the public to view. All apparatus in attendance were also entered in a competition for various awards given by the MAFAA.
Awards that were presented included the following:
Thomas G. Buckle Award for Best in Show, awarded to 1931 Seagraves owned by Jim McLaughlin
Ray Pope Award for Best in Show, Runner Up, awarded to 1961 Mack owned by Jim Rousso
Shriners Auditorium Award, awarded to 1961 Mack, Framingham, MA
Robert Maxim Beals Award for Best Appearing Maxim, awarded to 1970 Maxim, Framingham, MA
Dedication to Preservation Award, awarded to 1951 Mack, Revere owned by Ken Stonemetz
Besides the fire apparatus that were on display, the show offered the fun and entertainment of the Shriners Clowns and Fire Brigade, who delighted young and old alike. Also on hand were vendors from all over the state selling everything a firefighting enthusiast could want.
Antique fire equipment, toys (both vintage and new), collectables, t-shirts, books, and gift items were offered by a variety of vendors, including The Fire Bell, located at 374 Main St. in Dennis, MA. This shop is owned and operated by retired Tewksbury firefighter, John Cuneo.
Retired Boston firefighter and author, Mike Foley, was a special guest at The Fire Bell’s booth. Foley was on hand to sign copies of his latest book, Busy As Hell II, and to discuss his experiences on the Boston Fire Department with the public.
Other special guests at the show included several young burn patients from the Shriners Hospital for Children. The children were able to enjoy the parade and the festivities of the day, as well as climb aboard on many of the fire trucks that were on exhibit after the parade.
The MAFAA in partnership with the Shriners raised $3,165 to benefit the Shriners Transportation Fund. This fund ensures no cost will come to patients or their families that require med-flight transportation to one of the many Shriners Burn Center Hospitals for treatment.
The MAFAA would like to thank the Wilmington Fire and Police Departments, and the North Reading Police Department for all of their help and support to make this event a success.
For more information about the Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association visit www.massmfaa.com.
To find out more about how you can help the Shriners Hospital for Children visit www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org or call 413-787-2032.