Moneta Fire Department to hold FireWorx Fest

A crowd gathers to watch a previous FireWorx Fest event at the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department.

The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department is set to hold its ninth annual FireWorx Fest this Saturday in Downtown Moneta beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The fi reworks event is a “good time for everyone to come out and support,” said the department’s Chief Jeremiah Calhoun.

The FireWorx Fest will feature music from The WORX band, and more than two dozen vendors selling food or crafts will be in attendance. There will be an adult beverage garden and activities for children include games and a bounce house.

Three sponsors have provided funding for the fi reworks display: Centra Health, Glenwood Oil and Gas and F&B Contractors.

The FireWorx Fest is an annual fundraiser for the department, which raised roughly $30,000 last year. According to Calhoun, community donations, which are used for items such as the purchase and maintenance of equipment and building payments, comprise 60 percent of the department’s annual budget.

The department’s newest piece of equipment is a tanker that can carry 3,000 gallons of water — 500 gallons more than what theold tanker was capable of carrying.

At about 20 years old, the department’s former tanker had reached the end of its lifespan.

The total cost of the new tanker, nonequipped, was $315,000. Through an allocation from the county of $125,999 and proceeds from the sale of the old tanker, the department only had to spend $25,000 for the new tanker, Calhoun said. “Which was a win-win for everybody."

-For more information, see the June 26 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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