07/07/10 121 W, 2 I - + 7 - 9 Spencer Fire Apparatus Muster, August 28

The Spencer Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting their second annual apparatus muster on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. The event is a couple weeks earlier than last year's, and again focuses strictly on pumpers, tankers, aerials, and brush trucks.

Registration is $25 per truck until August 21, and $50 after that date. Staging is no later than 9:30 a.m. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. The judging in nine categories starts around 11:00 a.m. Plus People's Choice and Best in Show awards. The awards ceremony starts at 4:00 p.m.  And gates to the transportation museum open at 9:00 a.m. 

Here's the flyer and here's the entry form.

Driving time from Raleigh is about 130 minutes.

Last year’s show was pretty good for being the first year. There are a few bugs that need to be worked out, but overall I would recommend any NC buff attend this show. There were about 30 trucks last year including a 1928 ALF from Elizabeth City and a bunch from the Landis native Tony Corriher that he personally owns.
BFD1151 - 07/08/10 - 19:48

Wow, the ALF from ECFD! That’s cool, and also very scary. It’s equally exciting and frightening when very old rigs travel or are traveled very long distances.
Legeros - 07/08/10 - 20:02

This was a nice event. Great for the kids as you can also take train rides. The transportation museum is neat with the emphasis around the historic Spencer Shops Southern Railway Maintenance Facility. It has a roundhouse and turntable along with a variety of old engines and coach cars. Definitely worth the trip!
D.Cates - 07/09/10 - 11:21

Mike, the ’28 LaFrance wasn’t driven all the way there, it was hauled on a gooseneck trailer then driven in the parade by ECFD members. As D.Cates mentioned, the museum is something else to check out and very informative. One thing they neglected to put however was the railway shops built their own fire apparatus bodies for a short time for many local depts, but there is no mention of this at all.
BFD1151 - 07/09/10 - 17:00

Figured it was trailer-transported. And that’s still a little scary. Talk about precious cargo! But that’s the conundrum always faced with Great Old Things. You can keep ‘em secure and (often) isolated. Or you can share them and expose and add some risk, but gain the sharing and enjoyment and knowledge transfer with those who experience them.

Spencer Shops also operated a fire department from at least 1919 and until around 1979 or 1982. The town fire department was formed in 1903, says their history page, http://www.ci.spencer.nc.us/html/history... Check out a few historical photos on the site.
Legeros - 07/10/10 - 07:30

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