Summer is here

WARWICK. Record crowds enjoy great weather and fun rides at Warwick Fire Department carnival.

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  • Photo by Roger Gavan Flying high during the day.

  • Record crowds enjoyed clear blue skies and summer weather at the Warwick Volunteer Fire Department’s annual carnival in Veterans’ Memorial Park

  • Boy Scouts Ian O'Hara (left) and Logan Armistead took advantage of the hot weather to fundraise for their Troop 38.

  • Photo by Mark Coiro Flying high at night.

  • Photo by Mark Coiro The midway during Saturday evening.

  • Photo by Mark Coiro And the rocket's red glare ....

  • Photo by Roger Gavan The big slide is always fun for the youngsters.

  • Photo by Roger Gavan These young twins, Boe and Wyatt Knuth, may not have been tall enough to hit the targets with their darts while standing behind the counter but on the counter they were marksmen.

Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard recently said that he considers the Warwick Fire Department's carnival the moment summer really starts.

And, this year, after a somewhat rainy and cool spring, that proved more true than ever as record crowds enjoyed clear blue skies and summer weather at the Warwick Volunteer Fire Department's annual carnival in Veterans' Memorial Park

It was also the 150th anniversary of the Warwick Fire Department and the carnival was one of many events scheduled this year to celebrate that milestone.

The history of the Fire Department goes back to 1869 when the Excelsior Fire Engine Co. No 1 was organized in the Village of Warwick

The current carnival company, Gillette Shows, has been used by the Warwick Fire Department since 1997.

"They are an amazing family and we love them," said Assistant Chief Michael Contaxis. "Jerry Gillette is a great man and friend to the Warwick Fire Department."

Employing a professional carnival dates back to 1988 and before that there were vendors.

This year's carnival began Wednesday, June 26, and concluded on Saturday evening, June 29, when the crowds showed up, not only for the exciting rides, but also for a spectacular fireworks display.

- Roger Gavan

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Justin Inserra
  • Jul 19, 2019


Warwick, NY