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Beverly Fireman’s Festival set

The Inter-Mountain file photos Local firefighters duke it out in the water battle during a previous Beverly Fireman’s Festival.

BEVERLY — The annual Beverly Fireman’s Festival will officially get under way on Saturday with a host of events and activities planned through the entire weeklong celebration.

“Everything is set to get started this weekend and we have a lot of things going on all through next week,” Beverly Assistant Fire Chief Robbie Ware told The Inter-Mountain Wednesday. “We have a little bit of something for everyone and we are happy to give this back to the community for all the support they give us throughout the year.”

The schedule for this weekend is not as full as the rest of the week, but the Festival officially kickoffs on Saturday with registration for the Horseshoe Tournament at 9:30 a.m. The tourney will then get underway at 10 a.m.

On Sunday, a Fireman’s Festival Queen and two Maids of Honor will be announced at 6 p.m. at the Fire Department.

“We were unable to find a facility to have a pageant for the girls this year, so we had anyone who was interested in being the queen write an essay,” Ware said. “They wrote the essays on why they wanted to be queen, and that’s how we are picking our Festival Queen and two Maids of Honor.”

Monday will feature a special night of bingo at the Fire Department with a $1,000 guaranteed jackpot.

A Pet Show will begin at 6 p.m. at the Fire Department on Tuesday, and an Ice Cream Social will be offered at 6:30 p.m.

Only one event is scheduled for Wednesday, as the annual Festival Cake Walk begins at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, inflatables will be available for kids to enjoy at the Fire Department beginning at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the Beverly Fire Department will be hosting Community Appreciation night, with residents being treated to free hot dogs, chips and water.

“We hope a lot of kids will come out on Thursday and get something free to eat and play on the inflatables,” Ware said. “As a thank you to the community, the food is free for anyone who comes out Thursday night.”

The inflatables will also be up and ready on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by singer Delberto Delvis at the Fire Department at 6:30 p.m. Singer Thomas Gabriel, who is the grandson of Johnny Cash, will take the stage after Delvis at 8 p.m. The night will be capped off by a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

“We have a lot going on Friday night, including a great concert by Thomas Gabriel,” Ware said. “He does a lot of his grandfather’s songs during his concerts and also plays a lot of his own music.”

There will be an early start to Saturday’s schedule as the Craft Show begins at 9 a.m. at the Fire Department. The Lumberjack Competition will start at 10 a.m. and a Chicken BBQ at 11 a.m. The traditional parade begins at noon and will be followed by a Cornhole Tournament at 2 p.m. The day will be capped off by a concert by the Joseph Sisters at 5 p.m.

“Everybody enjoys the Festival every year,” Ware said. “We’re excited to get things going this weekend.”

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