Times were tough in the mid 1970s for the Village of Johnstown Fire Department. Former Fire Chief Johnny Johnson realized that in order to provide much needed EMS service to the community, he would have to learn the art of fund raising. And quick! Golf outings and bake sales helped, but not enough. Thirty eight years later, what started out as a local street fair to earn a few dollars has turned into a full blown old-fashioned festival with true hometown flair.
Looking for a little bit of Americana? You’ll find it on the only brick-lined street left in Johnstown, at the 38th Annual Firemans Festival! Not only can you see seven young ladies participating in the Miss Johnstown competition on June 18 at 6:30 in the Johnstown-Monroe Performing Arts building, you’ll find Games of Chance that fund necessities for the Monroe Township Fire Department and a parade that will feature among other things, the beloved Johnstown High School Big Red Band, 180 members strong.
Saturday’s parade starts at noon and will feature several antique cars, the Heartland Bank double hitch horse-drawn wagon, Ronald McDonald, a 1927 antique delivery truck provided by the Kroger Company and a multitude of local businesses, churches and politicians that will dazzle and delight the crowd. On Friday evening, don’t miss the Johnstown High School (JHS) band’s highlight performance at 6:30 p.m. and the annual Cake Auction, proceeds which benefit the band’s fundraising efforts.
If you’d like to support some of Johnstown’s charitable organizations while you are enjoying the Firemans Festival, stop by to see members of the Lions Club, the American Legion, the JHS Band Boosters and Athletic Boosters, the Boy Scouts, or the JHS Cheerleaders.
The Johnstown Firemans Festival is proudly presented by Heartland Bank. Come and see our branch manager Randy Kelly and his team at the Johnstown branch, 730 West Coshocton Street. Experience what community banking is all about. You’ll be glad you did!
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, June 19
6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Musical Entertainment – Lori Ferguson (8 p.m.-10 p.m. )
Thursday, June 20
6 p.m. – 12 p.m.
Musical Entertainment – Linnville Pike Bluegrass (7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p,m.)
Friday, June 21
6 p.m. – 12 p.m.
Musical Entertainment – A Little Off (8 p.m. -11 p.m.)
Saturday, June 22
Noon – Midnight
Parade (12:00 p.m.)
OH-Y.E.S.S. with Christina Barth and Ohio’s Youth Entertainers Stage Show (5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)
Musical Entertainment - LOBOZ - (8:00 p.m. -11:30 p.m.)
More on the Village of Johnstown
In addition to celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Firemans Festival, the Village of Johnstown is commemorating its bicentennial in 2013. On December 7, 1810, John Brown of Boone County, Kentucky, deeded a four thousand acre tract of land to Oliver Bigelow for $10,000 for $2.50 per acre. Since both Oliver and his brother John held large land claims in the new state of Ohio, they decided to move their families here. In 1811 Oliver Bigelow, a doctor and Revolutionary War veteran, came to the area and made plans to build a town by mapping streets, alleys, a town square and a cemetery. By 1813, he finished laying out the little village and named the town Johnstown. All assume that he named the town after Johnstown, New York but more than likely he named it after his father and brother, both named John.