WYALUSING – People in Bradford County celebrated Independence Day at the Herrick Township Fire Department. With their annual celebrations and lots of family fun. It’s an event many people said they never miss.
“Families come in for the holiday, and it`s just a nice place to come and spend the afternoon, get a good dinner and enjoy the games and stuff,” said Carolyn Cooley of Le Raysville.
Every year people stop by the fire department grounds near Wyalusing to enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers, while the kids enjoy games and a fun Fourth of July atmosphere.
“I got to win stuff, I won a flashlight, and my sister won two glasses in the throw,” said Katelyn Cooley of Herrick Township.
The Cooley family said they’ve been coming to the festival since they were young, and are excited to bring their own little ones to the celebration this year.
“It`s pretty cool to be able to continue tradition in the community,” said Andy Cooley of Le Raysville.
The annual event in Herrick Township is also what helps keep the community safe, raising more than $10,000 each year for the local fire department.
“It`s a good fundraiser, it helps pay the insurance and the utility bills each year,” said Herrick Fire Department President Ivan Decker.
The fire department said the fundraiser has enabled it to purchase a new truck for the department. Members said a lot of the money comes in from the auctions at their Fourth of July celebration.
But Chief Glenn Camp said it’s even more fun getting to celebrate Independence Day with all of his friends and neighbors.
“Seeing people in the community, people I know, visit with, people I haven`t seen in quite a while,” said Camp.
After all the food and games, a fireworks display adds the finishing touch to the Fourth of July celebration.