08/14/13 504 W - + 2 - 2 What's Next for the Traveling Fire Buff?

With a pair of back-to-back summer vacations under my belt, the adventures of the Traveling Fire Buff are concluded for the season. Historic firehouse photo projects in Camden, Philly, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. Fire museum visits to Cape May (NJ) and Salisbury (MD). Fire expos in Baltimore and Raleigh. Okay, the last one didn't require any travel, but it did consume a big ol' mess of time and energy. What's next? Here are my prospects and plans for "buff stuff":

That's the firm-ish list. There's the SPAAFAA Winter Conference in Charleston in February, which might get added to the above list. There's the expo in Myrtle Beach in June, which might be interesting to sample. Plus whatever wild hairs appear. Such as odd historical whims that compel day trips around our state. Want to shoot the steamer currently on display in Old Salem in Winston-Salem. Plus my "regular fire duties," of course. Local incident and event photography. Quarterly fire department newsletter. This blog. Plus all hysterical historical duties in Raleigh, both as official Historian and part of the Raleigh Fire Museum. Hobbies are good.

Here is two for you to consider. New York State Fire Chiefs Association Convention now held at Turning Stone Resort and Casino Oneida NY, East of Syracuse. Usually held in June each year. I have been to the expo when it was held in Monticello NY. And the PA Fireman’s Convention held the end of Sept each year. Parade is Sunday morning and last three to four hours. It is like a moving expo, all compartment doors will be open on the trucks. Usually 300 to 400 pieces of fire equipment at the parade. Lewistown is this year’s host.

stretch - 08/14/13 - 17:23

Speaking of such a grand parade, any ideas on how to improve the parade at SAFRE? I thought it was very short! Perhaps making it into a competition of sorts would inspire more participation?
Too short - 08/14/13 - 22:35

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